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Nadal heads for five straight in Barcelona

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  • Spain's Rafael Nadal eases into fifth straight final at Barcelona Open
  • Nadal sees off Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-2 6-3 in one hour 48 minutes
  • Spain's David Ferrer beats Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in second semifinal
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(CNN) -- Rafael Nadal remained on track for his fifth straight title on the clay of the Real club in Barcelona with a straight sets semifinal victory over Nikolay Davydenko on Saturday.

Nadal prepares to power a serve during his straight sets win over Davydenko.

Nadal prepares to power a serve during his straight sets win over Davydenko.

The world number one beat his Russian opponent 6-3 6-2 to earn a repeat of last year's final against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.

Fourth seed Ferrer saw off Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 2-6 6-2 7-6 in a close second semifinal.

Nadal came into the tournament off the back of his fifth straight victory at the Monte Carlo Masters and remains a hot favorite to repeat the feat in the Catalan capital.

His only defeat in Barcelona came in 2003 against fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja, but initially he was tested by the dogged Davydenko who made a bright start.

But Nadal broke midway through a lengthy opening set then quickly moved into a 4-1 lead in the second as he closed on victory.

It came after one hour 48 minutes with Davydenko unable to capitalize on any of his six break points and tiring after two tough matches to reach the last four.

By contrast, Nadal had a walkover against David Nalbandian in the quarterfinals and will be rested for Sunday's final.

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