Nadal marches on
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:26
Nadal has now won 23 successive matches in Barcelona and has a 24-1 record in the event.
He suffered his only loss in the tournament against countryman Alex Corretja in the second round in 2003, when he made his debut in the competition aged 16.
In blustery conditions, Nadal saved all six break points he faced and converted four of his nine chances to improve his career record over the Russian to 4-2.
Davydenko will nevertheless be encouraged by reaching the last four as he continues his comeback from a heel injury, which sidelined him for two months.
The final will be an all-Spanish affair after fourth seed David Ferrer recovered from a set down to beat Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez.