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Almagro Tops Ramos, Reaches Sao Paulo Final

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Almagro© INOVAFOTO AgencyNicolas Almagro reached his third Brasil Open 2012 final Saturday.

Defending champion Nicolas Almagro defeated eighth seed Albert Ramos 6-4, 7-6(4) Saturday in Sao Paulo to reach his third Brasil Open 2012 final.

The top-seeded Almagro won 77 per cent of his service points, but converted just two of his eight break point chances. He clinched the semi-final victory on his second match point, improving to an 18-4 record at the ATP World Tour 250 event.

Almagro is looking to win his 11th ATP World Tour title, with all of his previous triumphs coming on clay. He is a two-time event titlist, having lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2008.

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The World No. 11 will play Filippo Volandri in Sunday’s final. The 69th-ranked Volandri topped No. 4 seed Thomaz Bellucci 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 in two hours and 33 minutes.

After losing the first set, Volandri broke the home favourite six times, and did not face a break point in the second and third sets to advance to his first ATP World Tour final in over five years.

Volandri will attempt to end a title drought dating back to his title victory in Palmero in 2006. He holds a 2-6 final record.

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