Top seed Rafael Nadal moved into the Barcelona Open semifinals on Friday with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Cameron Norrie. The win is Rafa’s 450th in his career on a clay court. Our champ will next face the winner of Diego Schwartzman and Pablo Carreno Busta.
Rafa improved to 108-15 against fellow left-handers with 18 straight wins (41-1 in sets during the streak). On clay, he is 51-2 against lefties with 19 matches and 29 sets won in a row.
After the match, Rafa said:
“Well I played well at the beginning. Especially the first set I think I did a lot of things well. Then, I stopped myself a little bit. That’s something that cannot happen, especially tomorrow. But yeah, I need to hold the level of intensity of the first set. That I was able to change directions with my forehand to have most of the points under control, then the situation was a little bit different and that’s why I suffered later.”