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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 on clay and a place in the Open Seat Godo final against Guillermo Canas.
Nadal exploited Ferrer's second serve for 10 winners in the opening set of the all-Spanish semifinal. He broke Ferrer's serve three times in the second set.
The 12th-seeded Canas beat Agustin Calleri 7-6 (1), 6-7 (5), 6-2 in an all-Argentine match to advance to his second straight final. He lost to Novak Djokovic at the Sony Ericsson Open earlier this month.
The 21-year-old Nadal can tie Mats Wilander's 23-year-old record of three straight championships at the Barcelona tournament. He would also equal Roy Emerson and Manuel Orantes' record of three titles in Barcelona.
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. He 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.
"I hope I find myself feeling better tomorrow, that I can recuperate and be in the best shape possible," Canas said. "It's not about breaking the record. I'm not going out there to break the sails of Rafa. What's at stake is an important title."
Nadal is 2-0 against Canas with both victories coming on clay.


Updated : 2021-10-23 13:03 GMT+08:00