April 22, 2016

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori overcame a lackluster start to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-0 and advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open on Friday.

Nishikori saved four set points before holding on to claim the first set.

The second-seeded Japanese player will next face sixth-seeded Benoit Paire on Saturday. Paire beat Malek Jaziri 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

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