Rafael Nadal advances to Brazil Open semis

Nadal, who is recovering from a knee injury, at times appeared a bit tentative but used powerful serves and brilliant drop shots to tame his opponent.

updated: February 16, 2013 09:34 IST
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Sao Paulo, Brazil: Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Brazil Open late on Friday, with a difficult three-set win over Argentine Carlos Berlocq.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, ranked number five in the world, won his singles quarterfinal match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours 24 minutes against the 30-year old Argentine, ranked 78th in the world.

Nadal will face off in Saturday's semifinal against another Argentine, Martin Alund, who earlier Friday defeated Filippo Volandri of Italy 7-5, 7-6.

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