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.