Murray beats Ramos-Vinolas to reach Barcelona semifinals

Ruben Hill
May 15, 2017

It appeared his array of sparkling winners had been ended by Murray's determined rearguard, which saw the three-time Grand Slam victor twice stave off break points to take the second set in 48 minutes.

The Austrian faces Rafa Nadal for the title today, after the Spaniard defeated Argentina's Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4.

"It's the first win over a World No. 1, so it's really something special", said Thiem who added it would "be a great honour to play Nadal".

Rafael Nadal is unbeaten on clay so far in 2017.

Improving to 10-0 career in Barcelona finals, he won his 71st career title and 51st on clay.

The Spaniard - who became the first man in the Open era to win the same event 10 times at last week's Monte Carlo Masters - did not drop a set this week.

Ramos-Vinolas had several chances to beat Murray for the second straight time, but the top-ranked British player controlled the decisive points. He then lost his first service game in the third set.

Despite Murray threatening a fightback after taking the second set to take the match to a final-set decider, Austrain Thiem held his nerve to record a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory on clay.

"It was obviously a very tough match".

The match lasted for two hours 59 minutes. He didn't hit many unforced errors and give me any free points.

Rafael Nadal is pretty Happy after the Barcelona title won in the final over Dominic Thiem. "I'm very satisfied".

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Nadal, a nine-time champion on Barcelona's clay, said he "wasn't surprised" by Thiem's first win over Murray in three attempts.

The 19th-ranked Mladenovic, who ousted two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday, next plays last year's runner-up Laura Siegemund.

Nadal was tested by the world number 94 in the opening set, in which he was broken before winning it comfortably on a tie-break, but stepped up to finish the match in style.

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