Nadal remains on course in Barcelona

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Updated: April 28, 2012

Rafa Nadal remains on course for a 7th title in Barcelona as he thrashed Jonko Tipsarevic 6-2,6-2 in the quarter-finals.

The world No2 will next play compatriot Fernando Verdasco, the 2010 winner when Nadal did not compete due to injury, after Kei Nishikori of Japan was forced to retire from their quarter-final with a side-strain in the first set.

Canadian Milos Raonic handed second seed Andy Murray a claycourt humiliation as the big-hitting youngster hammered the Scot 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to reach the semifinals.

Raonic, ranked 25th, will be playing in his second career clay semifinal on Saturday against third seed David Ferrer who reached the last four for a sixth consecutive year by beating compatriot Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-3.

Murray was Raonic’s sixth career win over a top 10 player.