Rafael Nadal defeated Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(10) to reach the Rio Open final, his third of the season. He will face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who upset second seed David Ferrer to reach the final.
The first set started out shaky for Rafa, as he was broken in the very first game. Andujar broke again and took the first set 6-2. Rafa roared to life in the second set, breaking Andujar early and taking the lead. Despite a few trials, Rafa took it at 6-3, taking the match into a decider. The third set started with service holds from both players, until Rafa took his chances and broke for 4-3. Andujar broke back and was back on serve, and the set went into an exciting tie breaker, with both sides saving match points. Rafa took the set 7-6(10).
A great victory for Rafa, and a chance to win his 62nd career title. Vamos, champion!