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Gonzalez prevents top four Barcelona sweep

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  • Fernando Gonzalez prevents top four seeds reaching Barcelona Open semis
  • The Chilean fifth seed reaches last four with victory over Fernando Verdasco
  • Nikolay Davydenko faces might of Rafa Nadal after defeating Radek Stepanek
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(CNN) -- Fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez has prevented a clean-sweep of the top four seeds reaching the Barcelona Open semifinals, after seeing off second-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Friday's final quarterfinal match.

Fernando Gonzalez celebrates reaching the Barcelona Open semifinals after defeating Fernando Verdasco.

Fernando Gonzalez celebrates reaching the Barcelona Open semifinals after defeating Fernando Verdasco.

Chilean Gonzalez eventually went through 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a match lasting over two hours and will now face fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in the final on Sunday.

Ferrer, last year's beaten finalist, reached the last four again after defeating fellow-Spaniard Tommy Rodrebo 6-3 6-4 in just under 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, third seed Nikolay Davydenko has the unenviable task of trying to halt the clay-court charge of top seed Rafael Nadal in Saturday's other semifinal.

Russian Davydenko, who also reached the Barcelona semis in 2005, recovered from the loss of the opening set to defeat Czech Radek Stepanek 6-7 6-2 6-2.

However, he jokingly told a news conference after his victory: "I would say the odds of Rafa winning are 100 per cent!"

World number one Nadal is bidding for his fifth Barcelona title in a row and enjoyed a quiet Friday after quarterfinal opponent David Nalbandian was forced to withdraw with a hip injury.

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