This week we are disputing several ATP tournaments like Rotterdam, which fell as Roger Federer, and the Brazil Open where Rafa Nadal is the main attraction. The Spanish player was among the favorites for the title and although still in recovery and is not at his best has managed to get into the final where they will face Argentine David Nalbandian.
This tournament tends to be pretty good Spanish players and Nico Almagro was the defending champion. However, the player Murcia lost in the quarterfinals to David Nalbandian 7-6, 3-6, 7-6. In their next game the Argentine defeated Simone Bolelli and slipped in the final. There they will face Rafa Nadal suffered to win in the quarterfinals to Carlos Berlocq 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and again needed three sets in the semifinals to subdue Martin Alund 6-3, 6 – 7 and 6-1.
David Nalbandian and Simone Bolelli were responsible for opening the semifinals in which King David won by 6-3 and 7-5. Argentine tennis player started better and broke serve first order Bolelli for the first race in which there was too much trouble. In the second Bolelli started with a 3-1 lead but Nalbandian fought back and scored the game after 1 hour and 25 minutes of play on Sunday so look for a new ATP title, something not achieved since 2010 and that of course is that the Argentine and not at its best moment.
In that final be Nalbandian will face his friend Rafa Nadal that started disputing the doubles tournament before both decided to retire. Nadal was facing Martin Alund, number 111 of the ATP and forced him to play three sets clearly showing that Spanish is being improved on his return to the slopes. Nadal played a good first set, saved their initial problems with the serve and took the three balls that granted Alund break in the eighth game to get to 5-3 and closed the set with his serve.
The second set was even and it was decided in the tie break where Nadal lost two consecutive services when Alund already had a minibreak in his favor that ended up costing him his sleeve. In the third set, everything was much easier for Rafa to be placed with a 3-0 start in his favor allowing him to deal fairly quiet on set making getting in a final for the second straight week.