Nadal reaches Swedish Open final

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat fellow-Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the Swedish Open final.

Nadal reaches Swedish Open final

Bastad: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat fellow-Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the Swedish Open final. Playing before a sellout crowd of about 6,000 on centre court, the 19-year-old French Open champion won his fourth consecutive straight-set match in the clay court event, one of the oldest on the ATP Tour. In the final, Nadal will face the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych, who beat compatriot Jiri Vanek 7-5, 6-1. Nadal now has a 28-match winning streak on clay. His last loss came in April. Nadal was seldom challenged in the first set and coasted to a 4-0 lead in the second after breaking Robredo's serve twice. The third-seeded Robredo then came alive, breaking Nadal's serve to love to make it 4-1. Nadal continued to struggle in his next two service games, facing triple break point twice. But he managed to hold each time, clinching the match when Robredo hit another forehand just wide when trying for a down-the-line shot. Nadal will try to win his seventh singles final of the year in this picturesque Swedish seaside resort. Top-ranked Roger Federer leads the tour with eight titles. Sunday's final will be the first time when two teenagers meet in an ATP title match since Delray Beach in 1999 when 18-year-old Lleyton Hewitt beat 18-year-old Xavier Malisse. (AP)
Topics : Tennis Rafael Nadal
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