Almagro reaches Copa Claro final

Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat countryman Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-1

on Saturday to reach the final of the Copa Claro clay-court

tournament.

It will be Almagro’s second final in as many weeks after winning

the Brazil Open last week – also on clay.

Almagro played two matches on Saturday after rain washed out

play the day before. In the quarterfinal match played earlier in

the day, he defeated Argentina’s Jose Acasuso 7-5, 6-3.

Robredo, who captured the Movistar Open title two weeks ago in

Santiago, won his quarterfinal match over Argentina’s David

Nalbandian 6-4, 6-4.

”It’s a special day to win two tough matches in a row,” said

Almagro, who improved to 3-0 in matches against Robredo. ”Tommy is

a great player on clay and he had a lot of confidence coming in

after winning in Santiago. As for me, I am playing very really well

now, at a high level.”

No. 2 seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland was set to play

Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela in a late semifinal.

Earlier Saturday, Chela eliminated No. 4 seed Albert Montanes of

Spain 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and Wawrinka defeated No. 5 seed Juan Monaco of

Argentina 7-5, 6-3 in quarterfinal matches.