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Rafael in final

Madrid: Rafa Nadal continued his serene progress in pursuit of a second consecutive Madrid Open crown when he swept past Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to secure a berth in Sunday’s final.

The world No. 1, chasing a 63rd career title and a 44th on clay, has not been on top form on his favoured surface this year, losing in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona.

In the women’s, Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set wobble to dispatch third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-4 and set up a final clash against rising talent Simona Halep.

Pole Radwanska struggled to cope with the Russian's powerful ground strokes as Sharapova took a step closer to a 31st career title.

The 22-year-old Romanian fought back from a set down to oust fifth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova 6-7 (4), 6-3 6-2.