A resurgent Rafael Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the final of the Indian Wells Masters.
Nadal has now reached the final in four straight tournaments since returning last month from a seven-month injury absence.
"For me, it's completely unexpected," Nadal said. "To be in the final ... it's a big surprise but I'm here and I'm very, very happy."
Nadal, seeded fifth, saved three break points in the final game against sixth-seeded Berdych before gaining a first match point.
A wayward forehand cost him that one, but Berdych's backhand into the net gave him another, and when the Czech knocked a backhand service return into the net Nadal thrust his arms into the air in triumph.
In Sunday's final he could find Novak Djokovic across the net. The world No. 1 from Serbia, riding a 22-match winning streak dating back to October 31, was facing Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the other semi-final.