Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:51AM
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over South Korean tennis player  Chung Hyeon during the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 28, 2017. (AFP)
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over South Korean tennis player Chung Hyeon during the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 28, 2017. (AFP)
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Third seed Rafael Nadal edged a step closer to his tenth ATP 500 Barcelona Open title with a 7-6, 6-2 victory over South Korean qualifier Chung Hyeon in the quarterfinals of the tournament on Friday.

Chung started strongly, breaking Nadal and then consolidating to lead 3-1. Nadal responded quite well though, and broke the Korean to take the tie-break 7-1.

The Spaniard managed to keep up his run of not having lost a set this week. That appeared to spur Nadal, who would drop just two games in the second.

Nadal finally wrapped up a 7-6, 6-2 win to set up a semifinal encounter with Horacio Zeballos of Argentina.