Defending champion Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) has on Friday placed for the semi-finals of the ATP tournament in Barcelona (gravel/2.609.135 dollar). The topreekshoofd got it – on the court Rafael Nadal – after one hour and 43 minutes of tennis in two sets (7-5 7-5) of the German Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP 51). Struff had in the second round in Barcelona was the measure taken of our countryman, David Goffin (ATP 22), the tenth seed in Catalonia.
In the semi-final battle wait for Nadal is a clash with the winner of the duel between the Austrian Dominic Thiem (ATP 5), the third seed, and the Argentinian, Guido Pella (ATP 28).
In the other semi-final will take the Japanese Kei Nishikori (ATP 7), the winner in Barcelona in 2014 and 2015, the Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 14).
The 32-year-old Nadal won the tournament of Barcelona for eleven times, including the last three years. In 2018, he put the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas side in the final.
Last week took aim Nadal is also on a twelfth title on the clay in Monte Carlo, but he grabbed next. The Spaniard went into the semi-finals against Fabio Fognini. The Italian defeated then in the final, the Serb Dusan Lajovic.