Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer through to semifinals at Rio Open

Feb. 21, 2014 at 9:29 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal breezed in a third-round match and David Ferrer overcame a rain delay to join him in the semifinals of the Rio Open Friday.

Nadal encountered little resistance in his 6-1, 6-0 victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-0 at Jockey Club Brasileiro.

He now goes on to face eighth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who advanced with 6-1, 6-1 rout of countryman Tommy Robredo.

Also making the semis was No. 2 seed Ferrer, who waited out a lengthy weather delay in the third set to close out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Brazilian crowd favorite Thomaz Bellucci for an eighth straight win.

Ferrer drew Alexandr Dolgopolov after the Ukrainian upended No. 3 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-1 in a third-round match.

The loss snapped the Italian's string of four straight finals appearances in clay-court events.

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