World number one Rafael Nadal eased past Slovak Martin Klizan to reach the Barcelona Open semifinals.
The defending champion came through 6-0, 7-5 to extend his Open era record to 42 consecutive sets won on clay. It is his 17 matches in a row on clay.
Klizan had three set points to take the match to a decider but Rafa, who had been 3-5 down in the second set, battled back to take victory on a third match point.
Our champ, who has won the title 10 times, now has 399 wins on clay and will face either David Goffin or Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four.
After the match, Rafa said:
I started well in the first set, then very bad in the beginning of the second set.
The first game was horrible. I had options to return the break, but Klizan played well and it was difficult to move him on the track. I was uncomfortable but luckily I was able to do it the break back.
It was important not to fail, in the end it has fallen on my side, and I am happy.