Volandri moves into Palermo final after Almagro injury

Updated: September 30, 2006, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

PALERMO, Sicily -- Filippo Volandri of Italy advanced to his third successive Palermo International final when Nicolas Almagro of Spain retired from the clay-court tournament with a left ankle injury Saturday.

Second-seeded Volandri was leading 6-0, 2-1 when No. 4 Almagro retired after aggravating an injury he sustained in Friday's quarterfinals.

Volandri's opponent Sunday in the final will be unseeded Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador, who beat Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 6-2, 6-1 to reach his first ATP final in three years.

Lapentti broke the eighth-seeded Ramirez Hidalgo six times.

Volandri lost here in the 2004 final to Igor Andreev and in 2005 to Tomas Berdych.

He's 1-6 in career finals, and this will be his third this year. His only title was 2004 at St. Poelten.

Lapentti's sixth and last title was 2002 at St. Poelten.

He beat Volandri in their only other meeting, also on clay, at Hamburg in 2004.

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