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Nadal sets up Seppi showdown

2015-07-31 18:02
Rafael Nadal (AFP)

Hamburg - Top seed Rafael Nadal defeated fifth seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to set up a Hamburg semi-final clash against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.

Nadal, 29, broke the Cuevas serve five times on his way to a second triumph over the Uruguayan this year, having also beaten the South American in the Rio de Janeiro quarter-finals in February.

Nadal is playing in Hamburg for the first time since 2008, when he lifted the trophy with victory over Roger Federer, as the left-hander looks to breathe life back into his flagging season.

Seppi, who knocked Federer out of the Australian Open this year, enjoyed a walkover into Saturday's semi-finals when compatriot Simone Bolelli withdrew due to gastroenteritis.

Seppi trails Nadal 5-1 in career clashes with his only win coming in 2008 in Rotterdam.

The other semi-final sees French qualifier Lucas Pouille face Italy's Fabio Fognini.

World number 85 Pouille defeated countryman Benoit Paire, who was champion on clay at Bastad last weekend, 6-3, 6-2.

Eighth seed Fognini beat Britain's Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 7-5.

Results from the fifth day of the Hamburg ATP claycourt tournament on Friday (x denotes seeding):


Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU x5) 6-3, 6-2

Andreas Seppi (ITA x4) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA) - walkover

Fabio Fognini (ITA x8) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-4, 7-5

Lucas Pouille (FRA) bt Benot Paire (FRA) 6-3, 6-2

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