Nalbandian, Ferrer reach Auckland final

David Ferrer will play David Nalbandian in the final of the

Heineken Open after both won their semifinal matches in straight

sets on Friday.

The top-seeded Ferrer of Spain beat unseeded Santiago Giraldo of

Colombia 6-3, 7-5 to reach Saturday’s final.

Nalbandian beat Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-2. The

second-seeded Almagro, playing with a bandaged right index finger,

competed strongly in the first set until he needed a medical time

out to get his right foot attended to by a courtside trainer.