SAO PAULO (AP) -- Defending champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain defeated countryman Albert Ramos 6-4, 7-6 (4) Saturday to reach the Brazil Open final.
The top-seeded Almargo will play for the title Sunday against Italy's Filippo Volandri, who eliminated fourth-seeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.
Almagro, the winner in Brazil in 2008 and 2011, broke the eighth-seeded Ramos once in each set at the Ibirapuera sporting complex.
Trying to win his 11th ATP Tour title, Almagro needed a wild card to play the indoor clay-court event. He wasn't sure at first he could commit to the tournament because of his Davis Cup duties with Spain.