Nadal survives Moya scare in Chennai thriller

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Chennai, Jan 6: Nadal broke Moya in the fifth game of the second set, but was himself broken in the 10th while serving for the set which forced another tie-breaker.

Moya appeared to have the match sewn up at 6-3 in the tie-breaker, but Nadal hit back to make it 6-6 and saved another match point at 7-8 before taking the set at 10/8 .Moya, ranked 17th in the world, once again seized the advantage in the third set by breaking Nadal's serve in the fifth game but faltered while serving for the match at 5-4. Left-handed Nadal broke back to make it 5-5 and pressed home the advantage in the third tie-breaker of the match, conceding just one point.

"It was an unbelievable match, you don't play games like these every day," said Nadal, who lost in the semi-finals here last year to eventual champion Xavier Malisse of Belgium.

"I feel a bit bad for Moya who is a very good friend, but I am very happy that I could make it to the final.

"It is always an emotional time when I play against Moya. We both played a good game and I am sure the Chennai crowd loved it."

Moya said he was disappointed to miss the chances that came his way, but pleased to have challenged Nadal.

"I thought I would win after gaining those match points in the second set, but I did not take advantage of that," he said.

"But I am pleased that I am capable of playing for four hours against a player who is 10 years younger than me. It shows I am fit enough to take on the best.

"It gives me the confidence for the season ahead."

Earlier, Youzhny dominated Cilic from the start, breaking the 19-year-old former world junior number two in the opening game of the match.

Both players had finished their quarter-final matches in the early hours of Saturday after rain played havoc with the scheduling.

Youzhny, looking for his fourth career title, said he was confident going into the final.

"We are professionals and have to adjust to the rain," he said. "Both of us finished our quarter-final matches at the same time and obviously there was little time to recover.

"But I am happy with the way I played today. I kept the pressure on him from the start. I am ready for the final. It does not matter who I play against.

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