Ferrer sets up potential final vs. Nadal

David Ferrer beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to advance to his third Barcelona Open final, and a potential rematch with top-seeded Rafael Nadal.

”I am very happy (to be in the finals),” Ferrer said. ”Barcelona is the tournament that most motivates me, it is the tournament I most want to win.”

Nadal, who beat Ferrer last weekend in the Monte Carlo Masters final, plays the unseeded Ivan Dodig later Saturday.

”I know that it is going to be complicated with Nadal there, but I am in the final and I want to enjoy it,” Ferrer said.

An almost error-free Ferrer took advantage of an inconsistent Almagro to win the first set.

Almagro saved five break points in the second game of the all-Spanish match before hitting a shot long to give Ferrer a 2-0 lead.

Almagro clipped the back line to break his opponent in the seventh game, but the fourth-seeded Ferrer immediately broke back on his preferred clay court.

Ferrer went on to claim the first set with a deep forehand that forced Almagro into netting.

”David is playing spectacularly well right now,” said Almagro, who lost to Ferrer in the Acapulco final earlier this year.

Ferrer hit three drops shot on his way to breaking Almagro in the fifth game of the second set, and kept serve to advance to his fourth straight final.

”He had the answer to all my weapons,” Almagro said. ”You always have to play one ball too many that he ends up winning.”

Ferrer extended his unbeaten record to 7-0 against Almagro, who will enter the top 10 of the ATP rankings after the tournament finishes.

The five-time champion Nadal beat Ferrer in the 2008 and 2009 finals.