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Ferrer To Face Nadal In Acapulco Final

Acapulco, Mexico

Ferrer© AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Ferrer is looking to win his third title of the season.

Three-time defending champion David Ferrer battled into his fourth straight Abierto Mexicano Telcel final on Friday in Acapulco, defeating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1.

World No. 4 Ferrer dropped just three games in his quarter-final victory over Fognini last week at the Copa Claro, but the Italian stepped up to provide a much stiffer challenger in this encounter. After Fognini won the second set tie-break, the opening game of the third set proved to be a turning point. Ferrer wiped away three break points against his serve to hold, and from there, regained the momentum to seal the win in two hours and 23 minutes.

The top-seeded Ferrer has won 19 matches in a row at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court event and is seeking his 21st ATP World Tour crown. The 30 year old has a 21-2 season record, highlighted by successful title defences in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber) and Buenos Aires (d. Wawrinka).

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For the trophy, Ferrer will play second seed and 2005 champion Rafael Nadal, who defeated third-seeded compatriot and 2008-09 titlist Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes. It extended his perfect 9-0 record over Almagro.

Nadal, who has not lost a clay-court semi-final since 2003 Umag (l. to Moya), will attempt to capture his 38th clay crown. He has a 16-4 FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead over Ferrer, including a 13-1 mark on clay. Ferrer’s lone clay win against Nadal came in their first meeting at the 2004 MercedesCup in Stuttgart. 

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