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Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal beats Pablo Carreno Busta to reach 12th final

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Rafael NadalNadal has won 65 career matches at the Barcelona Open, losing only four

Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2 to reach his 12th Barcelona Open final.

Victory sets up a re-match with Greece's world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas, who came back from two sets down to stun Nadal in February's Australian Open quarter-finals.

World number three Nadal, 34, has won all 11 previous finals and has only ever lost four matches in Barcelona.

Tsitsipas, 22, beat Italian Jannik Sinner, 19, 6-3 6-3 to reach the final.

Nadal beat Tsitsipas in the 2018 final, losing just three games, although the Greek did beat him on clay in the semi-finals in Madrid in 2019.

"I will try to redeem myself from last time," said Tsitsipas, who won his first Masters 1,000 event in Monte Carlo last week.

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It took Nadal only 90 minutes to defeat his 29-year-old Davis Cup team-mate Carreno Busta.

"Tomorrow will be a very tough one. Stefanos is playing probably better than ever," said Nadal.

"Not one set lost in Monte Carlo and here, so it will be the toughest opponent possible."

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