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Nadal wins in pain

Rafael Nadal struggled into the Brazil Open final on Saturday by downing Argentine lucky loser Martin Alund in three sets and later said he was handicapped by nagging knee pain.

The former world number one, who is recovering from a left knee injury, battled hard to dismiss his 27-year-old opponent, who is ranked 111 in the world, winning 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-1.

Sunday's final will pit the 26-year-old Spaniard against Argentine David Nalbandian, who whipped Italian Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-5 in the other semifinal.

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