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Nadal wins 2 matches to reach Barcelona semifinals

Updated: April 26, 2013, 2:38 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Seven-time winner Rafael Nadal won back-to-back matches to advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open on Friday.

After rain forced several third-round matches to be pushed back, Nadal started the day by beating Benoit Paire of France 7-6 (2), 6-2. The fifth-ranked Spaniard then defeated Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-0 after his overmatched opponent had downed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (4) earlier in the day.

"I played much better in the second match than in the ...

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