HAM­BURG

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Top seed Rafael Nadal won through to the fi­nal of the clay­court tour­na­ment in Ham­burg 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, 76 ( 7/ 2) in the other last-four show­down. Fognini, seeded eighth, is a fa­mil­iar foe for the Spa­niard, hav­ing al­ready beaten Nadal twice this sea­son in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.

For 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. "I 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.

"These are 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."

Nadal, 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.

"I 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.

"Ev­ery 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 level.

"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."

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