Barcelona Open: Britain’s Cam Norrie set for showdown with Rafael Nadal on Friday

Barcelona Open: Britain’s Cam Norrie set for showdown with Rafael Nadal on Friday

Cam Norrie made it through to a meeting with Rafael Nadal on the Barcelona clay

Britain’s Cam Norrie made it through to a date with 11-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal after opponent David Goffin retired injured.

The Belgian eighth seed received lengthy treatment for an apparent problem with his right leg/hip after seven games of the second set and, despite winning the next game, decided to call it a day trailing 6-0 3-5.

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Norrie had been dominant in the opening set and, although it was not the way he would have wanted to progress, it counts as a seventh victory over a top-20 player in his career, three of which have come this season.

Nadal came through in three sets against Kei Nishikori

The result could be enough to take the 25-year-old back into the top 50, while it also earned him a second meeting with world No 3 Nadal, who overcame Kei Nishikori 6-0 2-6 6-2 in two hours and 19 minutes.

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“I think I played much better than yesterday; that’s a very important thing for me,” Nadal said on court. “The level of positive energy [was] higher, so [I’m] very satisfied.”

World No 58 Norrie has faced Nadal just once, losing in the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open in straight sets.

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