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Red-hot Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win `dream` 10th Barcelona Open

Red-hot Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win `dream` 10th Barcelona Open

Nadal won in Barcelona between 2005-2009, 2011-13 and now in the last two years.

Barcelona Open: 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal one win from 10th title in Catalonia, faces Dominic Thiem in final

Barcelona Open: 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal one win from 10th title in Catalonia, faces Dominic Thiem in final

Nadal, 30, who will be playing in his 106th career final on Sunday, won the Barcelona title in 2005-09, 2011-13 and 2016.

Barcelona Open: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal reach semi-finals with contrasting wins

Barcelona Open: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal reach semi-finals with contrasting wins

Nadal will be a strong favourite to reach the final when he takes on Russia`s Karen Khachanov or Argentine Horacio Zeballos in the last four.

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance to quarter-final with comprehensive wins

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance to quarter-final with comprehensive wins

The 29-year-old is the last Briton in the draw after the country`s number two Dan Evans lost 7-6(5) 6-2 to Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who faces Yuichi Sugita for a semi-final place.

Resurgent Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori to reclaim Barcelona crown

Resurgent Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori to reclaim Barcelona crown

Nadal, who will target a 10th French Open title next month, had not won back-to-back titles since 2013.

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori enter semi-finals

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori enter semi-finals

In the other half Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori, bidding to defend the title, beat Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets.