Kei Nishikori, Santiago Giraldo to contest Barcelona Open final

Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Ernests Gulbis 6-2,6-4 in semis while Santiago Giraldo overcame Nicolas Almagro 7-5,6-3 to reach Barcelona Open final.

updated: April 26, 2014 22:44 IST
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Madrid: Colombian Santiago Giraldo beat Rafael Nadal's conqueror Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-3 at the Barcelona Open on Saturday to reach just his second ever ATP final.

Almagro had described his win over Nadal, an eight-time champion in Barcelona, on Friday as possibly a turning point in his career.

However, the Spaniard was unable to find the same form against the world number 65 as one break in the 11th game was enough to give Giraldo the first set.

The second set was a tale of missed opportunities for Almagro as he could only convert one of five break points and was broken twice himself as Giraldo sealed victory in an hour and 26 minutes.

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