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Rafael Nadal will play the Brazil Open final against Nalbandian

Written by Gaby Varji   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 22:19

Nadal reaches second straight final since return, will play Nalbandian for Brazil Open titleRafael Nadal won on Saturday 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-1 to Argentine Martin Alund in a grueling match and tomorrow will play the final of the Brasil Open tennis tournament against fellow Argentine David Nalbandian.

Nadal, who is fifth in the ATP lists, struggled from the start of the game against Alund, who arrived in Sao Paulo in the 111th and, after reaching the semifinals, will appear for the first time in his career between the 100 best in the world.

Despite the bad start, the Spanish tennis player managed to recover quickly, won the first set 6-3 and seemed to have the game under complete control.

However, in the second set the Argentine improved, forgot the huge differences in classification and played as equals, to the point that forced the tiebreaker after drawing 6-6.


Nadal was unable to do despite their greater experience and Alund won enormous confidence that led him to win the tiebreaker 7-2 and take the match to a third set.

In final set, Nadal brought up some flashes of his best tennis and his game became indecipherable to the leathery Alund, who fell 6-1 but still left the track cheered by the audience, as well as Spanish.

As in previous occasions, the stands of the Coliseum Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo is turned completely in favor of Nadal, which increased the pressure on the Argentine tennis player who repeatedly missed easy balls, apparently by his nervousness.

Nadal played the title with Argentine Nalbandian, who today won 6-3 7-5 to Italian Simone Bolelli in the semifinals.

It will be a game between friends, who even started playing together in doubles but, after winning the first round to the Spanish Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia Lopez, left the tournament with the goal of reserve forces for the individual.

The bid was successful and now Nadal and Nalbandian will face not as partners, but in the race for the Brazil Open title.

It will be the second consecutive final to Nadal, who on his return to tennis after seven months stopped by an injury of the patellar tendon in his left knee, missed last week's tournament title in Vina del Mar (Chile) against Argentine Horacio Zeballos.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 22:20
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