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Watch Hot Shot as Rafael Nadal shows off his reflexes at the net against Hyeon Chung at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Hyeon Chung in Barcelona to reach semifinals

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is two wins away from claiming the Barcelona Open title after sealing a 7-6(1), 6-2 victory over Hyeon Chung in the quarter-finals.

After a tight opening set, our champ began the second strongly, and after establishing a 5-2 lead, he served out the match to secure a spot in the last four.

After the match, Rafa said:

I have to be honest, I had hardly seen him play, all I had to go on were videos which I watched yesterday. These young players have a lot of character so I took to the court with respect, perhaps too much, but in the second set I started dominating.

I gave him a bit too much respect. At the start he was dominating, but I think once I broke back to 3-3 the match was more in my hands. (via AP, AFP)

Rafa will battle either Karen Khachanov or Horacio Zeballos for a place in the final.

Rafael Nadal: “I think I played a great match” (Barcelona Open R3)

Rafael Nadal discusses what went well in his third-round victory over Kevin Anderson at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

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Barcelona Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Hyeon Chung?

On Friday, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the Barcelona Open against qualifier Hyeon Chung, who crushed eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev, 6-4, 6-1, in 81 minutes.

Photo: Barcelona Open

Date: April 28, 2017

Match time: Around 15:30 PM local time / 9:30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  14:30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 15:30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 11:30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Our champ has never met 94th-ranked Korean on ATP tour.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Rafael Nadal reaches quarter-finals in Barcelona

World number five Rafael Nadal booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

Rafa, who has won the tournament nine times, sealed victory over the world number 66 in one hour and 32 minutes. He converted a break point in each set to secure his 50th victory in Barcelona.

After the match, Rafa said:

They weren’t the best conditions for me. I much prefer it when the ball is doing more. It wasn’t easy. He’s a really tall player who hits the ball well in comfortable positions. I tried to make him take the ball on the move in order to make him less comfy. (via Reuters)

Our champ will face South Korean qualifier Hyeon Chung in the last eight on Friday.

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Barcelona Open R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Kevin Anderson?

On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will face former Top 10 player Kevin Anderson in the third round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.

Photo via RCT Barcelona-1899

Date: April 27, 2017

Match time: Around 12:30 PM local time / 6:30 AM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  11:30 AM BST – United Kingdom / 12:30 PM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 8:30 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Our champ has won all three of their prior meetings, which have all been contested on hard courts.

Rafa is looking to capture a 10th title in Barcelona where he owns a 49-3 career record.  Last year he did not drop a set (d. Nishikori in F). Also he did not lose a set in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011-12-13. His 41-match winning streak in Barca came to an end in 2014 quarter-finals (l. to Almagro)

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour