Comeback win for Nadal
World No 1 Rafael Nadal was made to battle by qualifier Peter Gojowczyk on his way to a three-set victory in the Qatar Open semi-finals.
The Spaniard was forced to come from behind to beat the German 4-6 6-2 6-3 in Doha.
Nadal lost the first three games against the world No 162 but came back to level the first set before losing serve again in the 10th game.
He then raced into a 4-1 lead in the second set and broke Gojowczyk's serve in the third game of the decider after two forehand errors by the German.
"The positive thing is I am in the finals the first week of the season without arriving here with big preparation," Nadal told www.atpworldtour.com.
"Without playing my best, I was able to find a solution.
"It's true that I finished the match playing better than what I started. That's always a positive thing, because that means that mentally I was prepared to find solutions."
Nadal will play Frenchman Gael Monfils in Saturday's final.
Monfils found it far easier going in the second semi-final as he beat another German, Florian Mayer, 6-3 6-2.
The first set saw Monfils seal two breaks of serve to Mayer's one, but the second was more convincing as the world No 31 sent down seven aces and got 91 per cent of his first serves in as he blew his opponent away on serve.