ACAPULCO: Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal continued his domination over countryman Nicolas Almagro on Friday to book his spot in the Mexican Open final against three-time defending champ David Ferrer.
The 26-year-old Nadal, who is seeking his 52nd career ATP Tour title, defeated Almagro 7-5, 6-4 in their one hour, 48 minute semi-final match.
In Saturday’s final, he will square off against top seed Ferrer, who needed three sets to beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1 in the other semi-final.
ISNER IN SEMIS
John Isner advanced to the semi-finals by avenging a loss to defending champ Kevin Anderson at the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach Tennis Championships on Friday.
Top seed Isner won in straight sets, beating South Africa’s Anderson 6-2, 7-6 (7/1) in one of four quarter-final matches that featured three former winners.
Isner, who is the last American left in the draw, hammered 17 aces, had one double fault and won 85 per cent of his first-serve points in the 79-minute match. Isner moves to the semi-finals where he will face France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin who cruised past Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3.
Anderson beat Isner in the semi-finals last year before going on to win the title. Isner has now won five of eight career meetings with Anderson.
Defending champion Hsieh Su Wei lost in the BMW Malaysian Open’s quarter-finals, going down 7-5, 6-2 to American wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Mattek-Sands will now meet world number 29 and third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.