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Nadal in last four

Vina Del Mar: Rafael Nadal dispatched fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of VTR Open, on Saturday.

Nadal, playing just his second competitive singles match since his return from a long injury and illness lay-off, broke his seventh-seeded opponent three times to wrap up a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win in Vina del Mar.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion is looking to mark his comeback in style and should he win his next two matches, he will lift his 37th clay-court trophy.

“Today I had more confidence than the other days,” Nadal said. “That is positive. It gives me confidence, and reasons to believe that I’m on the right way. “I’m happy to win in singles against a tough opponent like Dani and to reach the semi-finals.”