Nadal advances to Shanghai final

Oct. 17, 2009 at 5:16 PM

SHANGHAI, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to Sunday's Shanghai Open final when fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez retired with a right ankle injury in the second set.

Nadal held a 6-1, 3-0 advantage Saturday when Lopez decided he could not continue.

"He (was) playing very well," Nadal said on the ATP Web site.

"This morning when I woke up, I had an infection in my right foot," Lopez said. "It was painful during the match."

Sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia won Saturday's other semi 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) over second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Sunday's Nadal-Davydenko winner will collect a $616,500 champion's check.

Nadal, a six-time major tournament champion, is 4-2 lifetime against Davydenko, and will attempt to win his sixth title of 2009.

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