2/16/13 11:28 PM | Kelli DeMario
Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to his second straight championship final after holding off lucky loser Martin Alund in three sets. The Spaniard moves on to face former World No. 3 David Nalbandian, who beat Simone Bolelli.
(1) Rafael Nadal def. (LL) Martin Alund 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1
Top seed Rafael Nadal advanced to the final match of the Brasil Open, having held on to oust Argentina's Martin Alund in three sets. The 26-year-old, through to his second consecutive final in 2013, held 15 of 15 service games through an hour and 57 minutes. After splitting the first two sets, Nadal went on to lead 3-0 in the decider.
Nadal completed the semifinal effort with 90% of his first-service points captured.
David Nalbandian def. Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-5
Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian secured a berth in the finals with a straight-set dismissal of world No. 80 Simone Bolelli. The 31-year-old Argentine tallied 11 aces and five service breaks in an hour and 26 minutes. The Italian struggled with his second serve, winning just 30% of the points.
By virtue of his semifinal victory, Nalbandian is through to his 24th career ATP World Tour final.
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