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Almagro, Dolgopolov To Meet In Final

Costa do Sauipe, Brazil

Dolgopolov© Marco MaximoDolgopolov will appear in his first ATP World Tour Final.

Top seed and former champion Nicolas Almagro has overcome No.5  seed Juan Ignacio Chela in a three-set battle 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Brasil Open in Costa do Sauipe. 

After splitting the first two sets, Almagro was able to save the lone break point he faced in the third set to move through to his 10th final and improve his head-to-head record against Chela to 4-2.

The Spaniard improved his career record at the Brasil Open to 14-4 after today’s win and is looking to add another Brasil Open trophy to the one he won in 2008.

In the final, Almagro must get past Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov to lift the Brasil Open trophy for the second time in his career. Dolgopolov outplayed Brazilian Ricardo Mello in the tournament’s other semi-final, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

Australian Open quarter-finalist Dolgopolov was able to continue his strong 2011 run by advancing to his first final. The Ukrainian dominated on serve, firing four aces and saving all three break points he faced. Dolgopolov lost just five points on his first serve and was able to break Mello’s serve five times.

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