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Top seed Ferrero, surprise Kubot to face off in Brazil Open final

Feb. 13, 2010
CBSSports.com wire reports

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil -- Top-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero will face unseeded Lukasz Kubot in the final of the Brazil Open after both won their semifinals Saturday.


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Spain's Ferrero defeated Ricardo Mello of Brazil, 6-4, 6-2 after Poland's Kubot surprisingly defeated fourth-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The 27-year-old Kubot served nine aces in beating the Russian in just under two hours on the outdoor clay court.
"I'm shocked at the moment," Kubot said. "I didn't expect to reach the final here. I had two choices: play outdoors clay or go to Europe and play indoors hard. I chose to come here. I like to play on clay and outside. The weather is fantastic and I like the atmosphere of the Latin American events."
Ferrero, the former world's No. 1, will be the favorite against Kubot, who will be in just his second tour final and aiming for his first ATP title. Sunday's final will be the first career match between the two
The Spaniard has won eight of 12 finals on clay including the 2003 French Open. His win at Casblanca last year was his only title since 2003.