SAO PAULO — Rafael Nadal outlasted 111th-ranked Martin Alund 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1 at the Brazil Open on Saturday, making it to his second straight final after a long layoff to treat his ailing left knee.
Nadal next plays David Nalbandian, the former world No. 3 who defeated Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-3, 7-5 to make it to his first final since being disqualified for injuring a line judge at Queen’s Club last year.
Still looking for his rhythm and working his way into match shape, Nadal lost six straight points in the tiebreaker to go to a third set with the Argentine, who made it into the main draw as a lucky loser from qualifying after compatriot Leonardo Mayer withdrew with an injury.
Nadal then dominated the third to close out the match in 1 hour, 56 minutes.
Haas reaches final with win over Isner: In San Jose, Calif., Tommy Haas reached his first final in six months, beating John Isner 6-3, 6-4, Saturday in the SAP Open semifinals.
Del Potro, Benneteau MAKE final: In Rotterdam, Netherlands, Juan Martin del Potro and Julien Benneteau won their semifinals in straight sets Saturday and will play for the title of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.