Kei Nishikori beats Martin Klizan to make Barcelona final

Kei Nishikori
Japan's Kei Nishikori is ranked fifth in the world

Defending champion Kei Nishikori has beaten 14th seed Martin Klizan to reach the final of the Barcelona Open.

The top seed faces Pablo Andujar in Sunday's final after he defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6 6-3.

Japan's Nishikori, 25, who is looking for his ninth ATP World Tour title, needed only 77 minutes to overcome Klizan of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2.

Nishikori beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in two sets to win the title at last year's event.

Britain's Jamie Murray reached the doubles final with Australian tennis partner John Peers by subjecting Klizan to a second defeat of the day.

Murray and Peers won 6-4, 7-6 (4) against Klizan and Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi.

They now face Croatia's Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen of Finland, who defeated Austria's Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares of Brazil, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 12-10.

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