Result: Rafael Nadal survives Carlos Berlocq scare

Result: Nadal survives Berlocq scare
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Rafael Nadal admits that he could easily have lost to Carlos Berlocq in their three-set Brazil Open quarter-final in Sao Paulo.

Rafael Nadal has fought back from a set down against Carlos Berlocq to book his place in the semi-finals of the Brazil Open.

The Spaniard struggled against the world number 78, who produced some sterling tennis on the clay of Sao Paulo.

Berlocq was eventually overpowered 3-6 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 24 minutes, but Nadal admitted that he was feeling the pressure.

"I knew there was a chance I was going to lose it, but luckily I was able to recover in the end," Nadal told reporters.

"I'm very happy because it was a very difficult match against a great opponent. I'm happy to reach the semifinals and now we'll see how it goes."

Nadal will now face the 111th-ranked Martin Alund in the last four.

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