Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to line up an Open de Nice final against Romania’s Victor Hanescu.
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Almagro slammed an ace to take the first set against his Czech Republic opponent and broke the second-seeded Berdych in the next set at 2-2 before holding serve to seal a place in Saturday’s final.
The third-seeded Almagro will be looking to win a third title on clay this season.
In the earlier semifinal, Hanescu upset fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-3 to reach his first final of the year.
Hanescu broke Dolgopolov once and saved two break points to take the first set. The 69th-ranked Romanian opened up a 4-1 lead in the second set before hitting a backhand winner down the line to clinch victory.