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Nishikori wins to reach Barcelona semis

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the Barcelona Open semifinals by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday.

Third-seeded David Ferrer also advanced by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (5) as he stayed on course for a fifth final appearance at the tournament.

After the top-seeded Nishikori won the first set easily, Bautista Agut rebounded in the second and got his first break. The seventh-seeded Spaniard saved three break points in his final service game before using two big serves to force the third set.

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2015 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 13,845
2 R. Federer 8,385
3 A. Murray 6,060
4 R. Nadal 5,435
5 K. Nishikori 5,280
6 M. Raonic 5,070
7 T. Berdych 4,960
8 D. Ferrer 4,490
9 M. Cilic 3,495
10 S. Wawrinka 3,495
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2015 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Williams 9,981
2 M. Sharapova 7,890
3 S. Halep 7,571
4 P. Kvitova 6,060
5 C. Wozniacki 4,675
6 A. Ivanovic 4,200
7 E. Bouchard 4,122
8 E. Makarova 3,420
9 A. Radwanska 3,385
10 C. Suarez Navarro 3,335
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