Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Spanish hero and three-time champion Rafael Nadal beat fellow countryman Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals at the $5 million Madrid Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event.
The world No. 1 superstar Nadal defeated Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3 on the red clay at the Magic Box.
Nadal, who failed to title in his last two clay court events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, beat Swiss Stan Wawrinka in last year's final in Madrid.
In addition to his titles in 2005, 2010 and last year, the record 26-time Masters champion Nadal was also a runner-up in the Spanish capital in 2009 and 2011.
Nadal is 62-27 for his career in title matches. The reigning French and U.S. Open titlist will face 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final.
Nishikori outlasted fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3.
Nishikori is 5-2 for his career in title matches, but is 0-6 lifetime against Nadal.