Tennis

Almagro, Volandri reach Brazil final

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SAO PAULO (AP)

Top seed and defending champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain defeated countryman Albert Ramos 6-4, 7-6 (4) to make it to the Brazil Open final on Saturday.

He will play Italian Filippo Volandri, who eliminated home-crowd favorite Thomaz Bellucci 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.

Almagro, the winner in Brazil in 2008 and 2011, broke the eighth-seeded Ramos once in each set at the Ibirapuera sporting complex.

Trying to win his 11th ATP Tour title, Almagro needed a wild card to play the indoor clay-court event because he initially wasn't certain if he would make the tournament because of his Davis Cup duties with Spain.

Fourth-seeded Bellucci won the first set against Volandri but couldn't keep up with the Italian at the end.

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