Volandri, Berdych reach Palermo final

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) -- Filippo Volandri moved within a victory of giving Italy its first champion in 20 years at the Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia, beating unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals Saturday.

The fifth-seeded Volandri will play No. 8 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Berdych, who's 18, defeated No. 7 David Ferrer of Spain 7-5, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Volandri is Italy's first finalist at the clay-court tournament in four years. He reached his fourth career ATP Tour final; his only title came at St. Poelten, Austria, in May.

Berdych, who upset No. 1 Roger Federer en route to the Olympic quarterfinals, is in his first ATP final.


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