Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball during a match against Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia at Qatar Open tennis tournament Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Alexandra Panagiotidou)
Alexandra Panagiotidou
January 08, 2016

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Rafael Nadal advanced to the 99th final of his career on Friday at the Qatar Open.

The second-seeded Spaniard, who has won 67 titles, including 14 majors, beat Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal will face either top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia or third-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the final - his first on a hard court since he won the 2014 Qatar Open title.

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