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Barcelona: Rafa Nadal on to Semifinals




Defending champion Rafael Nadal recorded his 25th match win of the season Friday, dismissing fifth seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-2 in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell quarter-finals.
The World No. 2 won 81 per cent of his second serve return points to break the eighth-ranked Tipsarevic five times, wrapping up his third straight victory over the Serbian in 83 minutes. He faltered just once on serve, in the fourth game of the second set, as he improved to a 33-1 event record.
"I felt well. I played a very good match, better than yesterday," said Nadal. "Very happy to be back in the semi-finals.You cannot expect an easy match against the No. 8 in the world. 6-2, 6-2 is a very good result for me."
The 25-year-old Nadal has not lost at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court event since 2003, and has lifted the trophy on his past six appearances (2005-2009, 2011). He entered the tournament on the back of his eighth consecutive triumph at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Djokovic), where he collected his record-breaking 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.
"I have a lot of confidence from my past results here but it doesn't mean it will continue that way," Nadal said. "Each match is different. I go on court and try my best in every moment and hope it goes well for me."
In the semi-finals, Nadal will play No. 9 seed Fernando Verdasco. The 2010 titlist led Kei Nishikori 4-2 before the eighth seed retired with an abdominal injury.
Verdasco is looking to win his first title since tasting victory in Barcelona two years ago. He finished runner-up to David Ferrer in Acapulco.
The Spaniard will aim to collect his first win in 13 meetings with Nadal.

Source: ATP

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