Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 to reach the final of the World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi Friday.
Nadal, who won the tournament last year, struggled against the sixth-ranked Czech's serve at the start before taking charge in the ninth game, hitting a forehand into the corner to break Berdych and go up 5-4. He won the set with another forehand into the corner.
Nadal jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second, breaking Berdych twice before the 25-year-old Czech took the next two games to make it 4-3. But Berdych's comeback fell short and Nadal closed out the match with a forehand that the Czech returned into the net.
In the final Saturday, the Nadal will face Roger Federer who earlier beat Robin Soderling 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3.