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Nadal advances to final with 71st straight win on clay

Nadal advances to final with 71st straight win on clay

Two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal beat fifth-seeded David Ferrer 7-5, 6-1 Saturday for his 71st straight win and a place in the Open Seat Godo final.
Nadal exploited Ferrer's second serve for 10 winners in the opening set. He broke Ferrer for the third time in the 11th game of the all-Spanish match, then held to take the first set.
Nadal broke Ferrer three times in the second set.
The 21-year-old Nadal can tie Mats Wilander's 23-year-old record of three straight championships with his 72nd consecutive clay court victory. He would also equal Roy Emerson and Manuel Orantes' record of three titles in Barcelona.
Nadal will play 12th-seeded Guillermo Canas, who beat Agustin Calleri 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 6-2 in an all-Argentine match to advance to his second straight final.
In the second set, Canas double-faulted as the 15th-seeded Calleri saved two match points before winning the 10th game and the eventual tiebreaker.
The 12th-seeded Canas, who needed treatment on his right arm and feet, broke Calleri three times in the third set before closing it out in just under 3 hours.
Canas advanced to the semifinals with a walkover win against second-ranked Nikolay Davydenko.
Canas has climbed to No. 29 from 143 and beaten top-ranked Roger Federer in back-to-back tournaments since his return from a 15-month doping suspension last summer.
The Argentine reached his second straight final after losing to Novak Djokovic at the Sony Ericsson Open earlier this month.


Updated : 2021-04-11 10:17 GMT+08:00