Hamburg - Top seed Rafael Nadal won through to the final of the claycourt
tournament in Hamburg on Saturday with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 semi-final
win against Andreas Seppi of Italy.
Nadal, 29, will meet another
Italian in Sunday's final, with 32nd-ranked Fabio Fognini beating French
youngster Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) in the other last-four showdown.
seeded eighth, is a familiar foe for the Spaniard, having already
beaten Nadal twice this season in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.
Nadal, it will be the 96th final of his career and his third in
Hamburg, where he last won the title in 2008 by beating Roger Federer.
will try to keep playing well and enjoy today's victory," said Nadal,
who has endured a tough 2015 in which he has lost his French Open title
and slumped to his lowest ranking in a decade.
important points for me - 300 points for my goal of qualifying for the
World Tour Finals is important. Matches like today help to bring you
your confidence and your motivation for what you are doing."
the world number 10, is now 25-6 on clay this season, and will on
Sunday look to extend his streak of having won at least one European
claycourt title every year since 2004.
"From the beginning I played great, since the first game that I hit a few winners," Nadal told www.atpworldtour.com.
was very comfortable on court today, feeling the ball well, with
topspin to his backhand and then changing to his forehand down the line -
a very important shot for me. In general it was a very positive match.
victory is important. And this year with the up and downs that I've
had, obviously every improvement is important. I played at a very high
"I'm very happy for that, playing with not many mistakes,
very well with my backhand, very well with my forehand, hitting winners,
changing speeds, changing directions. I think I played a great match."
Results from the sixth day of the Hamburg ATP claycourt tournament on Saturday (x denotes seeding):
Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x4) 6-1, 6-2
Fabio Fognini (ITA x8) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-2, 7-6 (7/2)