Nadal reaches Rio final

  • Last Updated: February 23 2014, 9:33 GMT

World number one Rafael Nadal saved two match-points before toppling fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar on Saturday to advance to the final of the ATP Rio Open 500 in Rio de Janeiro.

Nadal: Saved two match points
Nadal: Saved two match points

Nadal's 2-6 6-3 7-6 (12/10) victory in two hours 46 minutes set up a final against unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who had earlier stunned second seed David Ferrer of Spain 6-4 6-4.

Andujar was fast out of the blocks and looked set to hand his compatriot only his 22nd tour-level defeat on clay after storming through the first set.

But Nadal showed his fighting spirit to get back into the match, striking 40 winners to remain on course for a 43rd career claycourt crown.

World number 54 Dolgopolov earlier reached his first ATP World Tour final since October 2012 - and ended Ferrer's eight-match winning streak in the process.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing and happy to be in the final," he said on after his victory.

"My game plan is always to be aggressive against [Ferrer]. I attack and try to play aggressive. I was a bit better at the volleys and that made the difference, I think."

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