Rafael Nadal through to Mexico Open final

Updated: Mar 02, 2013, 08:50 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Mexio: Spaniard Rafael Nadal continued his comeback trail reaching his third back-to-back final since his return after a seven-month lay off.

Sidelined with a major knee injury since mid-2012, Nadal is yet to get back to full fitness and form, but he brushed aside fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in straight sets, winning 7-5 6-4 to reach the Mexican Open semi-finals.

The former world number 1 is playing his third tournament in four weeks, ending as runner-up at the Chile Open before winning the Brazil Open two weeks ago.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion has been steadily getting better and will now face the toughest match since his return, against another Spaniard and clay court specialist David Ferrer, world number 4, who won his semi final earlier in the day.

Ferrer faced a resilient Fabio Fognini but the top-seed eventually won 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 to make it to the final.

The mouth-watering clash is scheduled for Saturday night 9pm (Mexican time) and will provide the real indication as to just how far Nadal is on his way back to full form and fitness.