Rafael Nadal beats Martin Klizan to reach Barcelona Open semifinals

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.

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14 thoughts on “Rafael Nadal beats Martin Klizan to reach Barcelona Open semifinals

  1. Va4favre

    Rafa did not express much interest in the SS record and neither do I. I was happier that Rafa did not have to play a third set. Rafa does have a second set let down from time to time. He had one yesterday too which gave GGL some brief hope. I don’t know if Rafa just lets his concentration lapse a little. It certainly made the second set more exciting for the fans. For me, I can do without the excitement. This might help Rafa in Madrid, however, to get challenged a bit.

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    1. Rafa explained his second-set performance to El Pais. “I had to go to the bathroom and lost timing. At 0-40 I lost serve. And then, although I had chances, I did not manage to get back until 5-4. To me it was complicated but I needed to play a set at this level because I knew I was capable of overcoming it [my deficit].”

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  3. Rafa_1310

    Amazing first set. In the second Rafa looked a little bit tired at the beginning but it was a great fight than. Take rest and Good luck for tomorrow. Vamos Rafa ❤

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  4. Elizabeth Howard

    Rafa eased through the first set but the second set provided a real challenge .Credir to Klizan who played some great tennis but our champion stayed calm and focused and came back to win .
    Glad he won in two sets as he does not need long court time .
    Well done Rafa and best of luck to morrow .

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  5. Elizabeth Howard

    Rafa eased through the first set but the second set provided a real challenge .Credir to Klizan who played some great tennis but our champion stayed calm and focused and came back to win .
    Glad he won in two sets as he does not need long court time .
    Well done Rafa and best of luck to morrow .

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  6. YB

    It was nerve-wrecking to watch the second set. But Rafa never gave up, and passed the toughest test so far this clay-season. I’m so happy and so in awe of our hero! Congratulations!!

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