The result takes Nadal’s winning run on clay to 42 consecutive sets. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Rafael Nadal extended his winning run on clay to 42 consecutive sets as he reached the semifinals of the Barcelona Open with a 6-0 7-5 victory over Slovakia's Martin Klizan Friday. World No. 140 Klizan, who had knocked out Novak Djokovic in the second round, came within a point of being the first player since Dominic Thiem in May 2017 to win a set against the Mallorcan on the slow surface but the world No. 1's famed battling skills denied him that moment of glory.Tsitsipas broke at 2-2 in the second set after more wayward hitting by Thiem and the world No. 63 pulled away to seal the match.
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