Rafa admitted he played his worst match of the tournament in the semifinal, but it was still enough to defeat Kohlschreiber in straight sets and advance to the final.
Nadal aims to clinch his record ninth Barcelona title, while Nishikori seeks to become the third player in history (after Mats Wilander and Rafael Nadal) to lift the Conde de Godo Trophy three years in a row.
Kei Nishikori is the two-time defending champion:
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Three charitable causes were awarded through the Banc Sabadell Aces for Charity program on Saturday. At the VIP Village, president Josep Oliu handed over a check of 24,000 euros. This year’s recipients include the NGO’s Fundación Theodora, Fundación Esclerosis Múltiple and Fundación Aspasim, having received €50 for every ace during the Barcelona Open.
Rafael Nadal, who aims to lift his record ninth title in Barcelona, defeated Fabio Fognini in straight sets 6-2 7-6 to advance to the semifinal. With a win in the final on Sunday, he would equalize Guillermo Vilas record of 49 clay-court titles.
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Former World No. 1s Bob and Mike Bryan received the “Player 10” award by Segura Viudas from Manel Serras, President of the APT (Association of Tennis Journalists in Spain) on Thursday. The award is given during the Barcelona Open each year to the player that demonstrates both strong tennis skills and good human qualities.
The Bryans, winners of 110 doubles titles, aim to clinch their third Barcelona Open title.
Alexander Zverev celebrated his 19th birthday with a hard-fought win over 15th Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-7 7-5. He’ll face Malek Jaziri in the third round.
2-time defending champion Kei Nishikori started his 2016 clay court campaign with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Thiemo de Bakker. His next opponent is Jérémy Chardy.