|Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to his compatriot Nicolas Almagro during the men's singles semifinal match at the Mexican Open Tennis Tournament held in Acapulco, State of Guerrero, Mexico, on March 1, 2013. Nadal won 2-0. (Xinhua/Pedro Mera)
MEXICO CITY, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Rafael Nadal advanced into the Acapulco tennis event final after a straight-set win over Nicolas Almagro on Friday.
Nadal beat Almagro 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes to set up a final clsh against Spanish compatriot and three-time defending champion David Ferrer, who toiled to defeat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 in two hours and 23 minutes.
Ferrer has won 19 straight matches in this event and on Sunday will be aiming for his third title already in 2013.