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Streaking Kei Nishikori gets Rafael Nadal in final

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Kei Nishikori of Japan. UPI/Monika Graff
Kei Nishikori of Japan. UPI/Monika Graff | License Photo

Kei Nishikori of Japan extended his winning streak to 14 matches on Saturday and will play top-seeded Rafa Nadal of Spain in the final of the Barcelona Open BancSabadell.

Nishikori, ranked No. 6 in the world, defeated Benoit Paire of France, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals, while Nadal downed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 6-3, 6-3.

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"I played very aggressively, especially attacking his second serve," said, Nishikori who avenged two losses to Paire last year in Japan, firing 15 winners including one ace, and benefited from 27 unforced errors.

"I stepped in more today. I (watched) a little bit of the other semifinal to prepare well for tomorrow."

In Bucharest, Fernando Verdasco got past his Spanish countryman Guillermo Garcia Lopez, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in the semifinals and will face Lucas Pouille of France, who downed Federico Delbonis of Argentina, 7-6, 6-3.

There will be an all-German final in the WTA's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

In the semifinals, qualifier Laura Siegemund upset top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-4, 6-2, and second-seeded Angelique Kerber beat Petra Kvitova of Czechoslovakia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

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At the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup in Turkey, fifth-seeded Danica Kovinic of Montenegro ousted Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine, 7-5, 6-4, and in the final will face Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey, who disposed of Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, 6-0, 7-5.

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