Nadal to face Andujar in Rio Open semifinals


RIO DE JANEIRO: Spain’s world number one Rafael Nadal is through to the semifinals of the $1.3 million ATP Rio Open after crushing Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-0 in the last eight on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

“I think I played my best match of the week today,” said top seed Nadal after a crushing win in 75 minutes kept his run going in what is his first event since losing last month’s Australian Open finals.

As he looks to reach his third finals in three tournaments this year, he will now face compatriot Pablo Andujar after the eighth seed won 6-1, 6-1 against another Spaniard, Tommy Robredo.

In the other semifinals, Spain’s second seed David Ferrer will come up against Oleksandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.



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