Posted: Fri April 26, 2013 10:27AM; Updated: Fri April 26, 2013 1:10PM

Rafael Nadal wins 2 matches in 1 day at Barcelona Open

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Rafael Nadal is the overwhelming favorite for the Barcelona title with David Ferrer eliminated.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- 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 defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (4) earlier in the day.

Nadal has won 37 straight matches on the Real Club de Tenis' red clay and is on course to make his sixth straight final this year after returning from a seven-month injury layoff.

He will face either Milos Raonic or Tommy Robredo on Saturday.

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