Fernando Verdasco denied David Ferrer a third straight final at the Barcelona Open after dominating an all-Spanish semi-final clash on clay 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday.
Verdasco, the number five seed, took just over two and a half hours to secure victory and will now face either Swede Robin Soderling or Dutch newcomer Thiemo de Bakker for the title.
Ferrer lost both his finals, in 2008 and 2009, to Rafael Nadal as the four-time Roland Garros champion, who is missing the event this year to rest, swept to five straight titles.
Verdasco prevailed after a Ferrer collapse in the final set, breaking five times and notching four aces in the proccess.
Spaniards have played in the last 13 Barcelona finals dating to 1997 and have won the trophy through Nadal (2005-2009), Tommy Robredo in 2004 and Carlos Moya in 2003.