VALENCIA: Gilles Simon reached the final of the Valencia Open claycourt tournament with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over the seventh-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco here on Saturday.

The Frenchman, who has yet to win an ATP title, will face the another Spaniard, the in-form Nicolas Almagro who disposed off wildcard Marat Safin 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Earlier in the quarterfinals on Friday, Safin beat second-seeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio 6-4, 6-4 while, Almagro booked his place in the last four with a 6-4, 6-1 win over sixth seed Filippo Volandri. Simon had a tougher time as he edged out Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-6, 7-6.

The results (semifinals): Gilles Simon bt Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 7-6 (7/5); Nicolas Almagro bt Marat Safin 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Quarterfinals: Gilles Simon bt Andreas Seppi 7-6(2), 7-6(4); Nicolas Almagro bt Filippo Volandri 6-4, 6-1; Marat Safin bt Gaston Gaudio 6-4, 6-4; Fernando Verdasco bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3. Agencies

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