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Spaniards to contest Buenos Aires final

Updated February 26, 2012 15:00:58

World number five David Ferrer overwhelmed local favourite David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-4 and will face holder Nicolas Almagro in an all-Spanish Buenos Aires Open final.

Number two seed Almagro beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the first semi-final before top seed Ferrer's crushing victory, which included a rain delay, in the claycourt tournament in windy conditions.

Ferrer, runner-up two years ago, was always in control against former world number three Nalbandian, who was looking to boost his ranking from his current 85th place in a bid to qualify for the London Olympic Games.

The Spaniard, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament, won on his third match point after Nalbandian had saved two when 3-5 down in the previous game.

Almagro, pushed all the way by Wawrinka in a very even duel, won on his first match point when the Swiss sixth seed's forehand return found the net.


Tags: tennis, sport, argentina

First posted February 26, 2012 15:00:58

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