Ferrer, Almagro to lock horns in final

Ferrer, Almagro to lock horns in final

World number five David Ferrer overwhelmed local favourite David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday and will meet holder Nicolas Almagro in Sunday's all-Spanish Buenos Aires Open final.

Number two seed Almagro beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the first semifinal before top seed Ferrer's crushing victory, which included a rain delay, in the claycourt tournament in windy conditions.

Ferrer, runner-up two years ago, was always in control against former world number three Nalbandian, who was looking to boost his ranking from his current 85th place in a bid to qualify for the London Olympic Games.

The Spaniard, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament, won on his third match point after Nalbandian had saved two when 3-5 down in the previous game.

Nalbandian attempted a drop shot which Ferrer just managed to reach to lift the ball over the Argentine and into the corner for the victory.

Radwanska’s target

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska is targeting Olympic gold in London this year after winning an eighth WTA singles title in Dubai on Saturday, adds Reuters from Dubai.

The Olympics tournament will be held on Wimbledon's grasscourts and the 22-year-old believes they will suit her game far more than in Beijing four years ago when she lost in the second round.

“The Olympics are always a very important event for everyone,” Radwanska said after clinching the Dubai Tennis Championships with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Germany's Julia Goerges. “It's going to be a tough season, because we're going to change the surface a couple of times in a very short time.

“I'm ready for it. The Olympics are on grass, so it's going to be a little bit different. I like grass, so I just hope I can play better than in the last Olympics.”