Almagro to defend Buenos Aires title against Ferrer

Defending champion Nicolas Almagro outlasted Stanislas Wawrinka to return to the final at the Copa Claro tennis event.

The world No. 11 Almagro emerged from his two-hour, 22-minute semifinal match on Saturday a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 winner. He saved a break point at 5-5 in the third set before breaking the sixth-seeded Swiss in the next game to improve to 10-0 on clay this year.

Almagro won 32 clay-court matches in 2011, the most by any player.

The second-seeded Spaniard will be seeking his second championship in as many weeks. He defeated Italian Filippo Volandri for his 11th career title in Sao Paulo last week.

On Sunday, Almagro will square off against top seed and countryman David Ferrer, who posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Argentine David Nalbandian.

The world No. 5 Ferrer is now 12-1 this year. He captured his 12th career title at Auckland in January.

Ferrer is 8-0 lifetime against Almagro.