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Nalbandian cruises into Washington final

David Nalbandian continued his return to form in Washington by reaching the final of the Legg Mason Classic.
David Nalbandian continued his return to form in Washington by reaching the final of the Legg Mason Classic.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • David Nalbandian is through to the final of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington
  • The Argentine cruises past fourth-seeded Croat Marin Cilic 6-2 6-2 to seal his place
  • Nalbandian has slipped to 117th in the world rankings after a succession of injuries
  • He now faces Marcos Baghdatis after the Cypriot beat Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-2 7-6

(CNN) -- Argentine David Nalbandian continued his resurgence in form this week by cruising into the final of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington on Saturday.

Nalbandian, who has slipped to 117th in the world after a succession of injuries, crushed fourth seed Marin Cilic 6-2 6-2 to reach his first ATP Tour final since January 2009.

The 28-year-old, who made just 14 unforced errors, half that of his opponent, told the official ATP Tour website: "I played great; I've been playing well all week.

"I returned well today, which gave me more confidence for all my game. I tried to press him a lot.

"When you spend a lot of time outside the court you miss the tennis, miss the adrenaline. I'm trying to enjoy it every time I go out. I think I have another three or four years of playing at this level. I'm working hard to be fit."

I returned well today, which gave me more confidence for all my game. I tried to press him a lot
--David Nalbandian
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Nalbandian was sidelined for nine months after hip surgery and then a hamstring injury saw him sit out another two months of the season.

However, he hinted at a return to form last month when helping Argentina reach the semifinals of the Davis Cup.

His opponent will be Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who remains on course for a fifth career title after a straight sets victory over Belgian Xavier Malisse.

Baghdatis recorded a 6-2 7-6 success, but he rolled his left ankle during the eighth game of the second set and will be hoping the problem does not re-occur in Sunday's final.

"It looked fine at the end and I was moving pretty good. Hopefully I won't have pain tonight and it will be fine tomorrow," he told the ATP Tour website.