facebook
twitter
search
search

Dodig draws Nadal in Barcelona semifinals

April 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM
| License Photo

BARCELONA, Spain, April 22 (UPI) -- Ivan Dodig claimed a three-set victory Friday and earned a spot against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament.

Dodig lost his serve twice -- both in the second set -- in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over Feliciano Lopez. Dodig didn't face a break point in the first or third sets and lost only six points on serve in each of those sets.

In Saturday's semifinals Dodig will face Nadal for the first time in his career. Nadal, as he does on clay, has rolled through his opponents this week. No challenger has won more than three games in a set against him this week, including seventh-seeded Gael Monfils, who Nadal beat 6-2, 6-2 Friday, winning 80 percent of his service points.

The other semifinal has fourth-seeded David Ferrer going against No. 8-seeded Nicolas Almagro. Ferrer is 6-0 lifetime against Almagro, although their most recent match was a tight three-set affair at the finals in Acapulco.

Ferrer defeated sixth-seeded Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-3 in his quarterfinal match, while Almagro ousted Juan Carlos Ferrero by the same score.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Report: Aldridge steps back to consider plans
First shoe drops in St. Louis Cardinals' hacking scandal
Report: Rondo, Belinelli headed to Sacramento Kings
Miami Heat sign first-round F Winslow
Dallas Mavericks, Jordan near agreement on max contract