It is Diego Schwartzman against Fernando Verdasco in the Rio Open final

Diego Schwartzman and Fernando Verdasco both claimed two-set semi-final wins to book their places in the Rio Open final.

Argentinian Schwartzman, who is looking for his second ATP singles title, was too good for Nicolas Jarry as he secured a 7-5, 6-2 victory in one hour and 17 minutes.

“I feel really happy today,” the world No 23 told “I was nervous at the end of the first set. It’s not easy to close it out when the opponent is aggressive. You need to be focused on every point.

“In the second set, I took every chance and got better. It’s not easy and I need to run a lot, but I like these kinds of matches on clay courts.”

Verdasco also had a relatively easy encounter as he beat Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5 in one hour and 15 minutes.

“I’m so happy to reach the final here in Rio, in my first time playing here,” the Spaniard said. “All these years waiting to come to this city has helped me to find the extra energy and motivation to be in both singles and doubles finals.

“At the end, you just try to play the best to win. Just keep trying and fighting.”