Result: Rafael Nadal cruises into Barcelona Open semi-finals

Spaniard Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Brazil Open ATP tournament after defeating David Nalbandian on February 17, 2013
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Rafael Nadal sails into the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open with a straight-sets victory over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos.

Rafael Nadal is edging closer to the Barcelona Open title after seeing off Albert Ramos 6-3 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

The Spaniard responded to his lacklustre performance from today's third-round victory over Benoit Paire, by snatching an early break of serve to hand him control of the tie.

While Ramos tried to impose his game in the quarter-final clash, Nadal looked more comfortable on the court with powerful forehands and quick returns to secure a one-set lead.

Nadal continued to dominate in the second by cruising to a 6-0 win, leaving his fellow countryman unable to hold his serve and try to launch a comeback.

Nadal will battle either Milos Raonic or Tommy Robredo for a place in the final.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Brazil Open ATP tournament after defeating David Nalbandian on February 17, 2013
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