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Rafa wins first title in nearly 9 months

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open.

If he wins Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46.

The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set against the 74th-ranked Berlocq, falling 6-1 to the Argentine in the tiebreak, but the Spaniard won eight of the next nine points to make his first final since winning the Roland Garros title almost nine months.

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2 R. Federer 9,205
3 A. Murray 5,460
4 R. Nadal 5,425
5 K. Nishikori 5,205
6 M. Raonic 4,980
7 S. Wawrinka 4,595
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4 P. Kvitova 6,395
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6 A. Ivanovic 4,425
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