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Nadal to play Monaco in final of Argentina Open

Rafael Nadal to play Juan Monaco in final of Argentina Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning a set to Carlos Berlocq of Argentina during the ATP Argentina Open match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sa...
Carlos Berlocq of Argentina returns the ball to Rafael Nadal of Spain during the ATP Argentina Open match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 2...
Rafael Nadal of Spain eyes the ball during the ATP Argentina Open match against Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in  Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Feb...

Argentina Open Tennis

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning a set to Carlos Berlocq of Argentina during the ATP Argentina Open match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sa...

Argentina Open Tennis

Carlos Berlocq of Argentina returns the ball to Rafael Nadal of Spain during the ATP Argentina Open match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 2...

Argentina Open Tennis

Rafael Nadal of Spain eyes the ball during the ATP Argentina Open match against Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Feb...

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open.

If he wins on Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46.

The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set against the 74th-ranked Berlocq, falling 6-1 to the Argentine in the tiebreak, but the Spaniard won eight of the next nine points to make his first final since winning the Roland Garros title almost nine months.

Monaco, seeking his second title at the Argentina Open, edged Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4 in 2 hours, 28 minutes.

The 60th-ranked Argentine saved 12 of 15 the break points he allowed to Almagro.


Updated : 2021-09-19 16:38 GMT+08:00