Kei Nishikori & David Ferrer advance to Barcelona semi-final

Kei Nishikori and Roberto Bautista Agut
Nishikori reached a career-high world ranking of four after reaching the Australian Open quarter-final this year

Japan's Kei Nishikori recovered after losing the second set to keep his Barcelona Open title defence intact with a 6-2 3-6 6-1 quarter-final win over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

The world number five will face Martin Klizan next after the Slovak beat Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

Spain's David Ferrer showed his clay-court nous as he beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Italian Fabio Fognini lost his quarter-final 6-1 6-3 to Spain's Pablo Andujar.

It was an underwhelming performance from the Italian, who beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Thursday and is ranked 32 places higher in the world than Andujar.

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