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Nadal to face Nalbandian in Brasil Open final

6:00 PM, Feb 16, 2013   |    comments
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Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sports Network) - Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and former top-five star David Nalbandian will square off in the Brasil Open finals after earning victories in Saturday's semi-final round.

Nadal, who captured this event as a teenager in Costa do Sauipe in 2005, needed three sets to move into the finals, but topped Argentinean lucky- loser Martin Alund 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1 on the clay court nonetheless.

Nadal, who needed just under two hours to take care Alund, saved a pair of break points to cruise to a first-set win. Alund, though, fired off five aces in the second set, but was only able to save 1-of-3 break points in the final set.

The former World No. 1 Spaniard will face the oft-injured former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian, who cruised to a 6-3, 7-5 straight-sets victory over Italian Simone Bolelli

Nalbandian's powerful serve was too much for Bolelli to handle, and he recorded 11 aces over two sets. Bolelli was unable to break Nalbandian, who went 5-for-5 on break points, throughout the match.

The 2013 Brasil Open titlist will earn $82,300.

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