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Nishikori beats Gulbis to reach Barcelona final

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Santiago Giraldo of Colombia beat Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.

Giraldo will face fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan after he beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal on the red outdoor clay.

Almagro slumped to his first loss in six meetings with Giraldo – a day after one of his biggest wins when he ousted eight-time winner Rafael Nadal at the Real Club de Tenis.

The unseeded Giraldo will be playing for his first career title on Sunday after he saved six of seven break points and finished the match with an emphatic ace.

Nishikori beats Gulbis to reach Barcelona final

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.

Gulbis’ big serve failed to counter Nishikori’s faster movement on the outdoor red clay at the Real Club de Tenis.

Down a set, ninth-seeded Gulbis saved seven break points in the second before finally ceding his serve and losing the 85-minute match.

Fourth-seeded Nishikori will be seeking his second title of the season and fifth in his career on Sunday.

Nicolas Almagro, who ousted eight-time winner Rafael Nadal on Friday, faces Santiago Giraldo in the other semifinal.

Nishikori beats Gulbis to reach Barcelona final

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.

Gulbis’ big serve failed to counter Nishikori’s faster movement on the outdoor red clay at the Real Club de Tenis.

Down a set, ninth-seeded Gulbis saved seven break points in the second before finally ceding his serve and losing the 85-minute match.

Fourth-seeded Nishikori will be seeking his second title of the season and fifth in his career on Sunday.

Nicolas Almagro, who ousted eight-time winner Rafael Nadal on Friday, faces Santiago Giraldo in the other semifinal.