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Top-seeded Kei Nishikori beats Roberto Bautista Agut in 3 sets to reach Barcelona semifinals

  • Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts during his match against Roberto Bautista of Spain, during the Barcelona open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts during his match against Roberto Bautista of Spain, during the Barcelona open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a return to Roberto Bautista of Spain, during the Barcelona open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a return to Roberto Bautista of Spain, during the Barcelona open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kei Nishikori of Japan, left, shakes hands with Roberto Bautista of Spain, after winning the match during the Barcelona open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Kei Nishikori of Japan, left, shakes hands with Roberto Bautista of Spain, after winning the match during the Barcelona open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the semifinals of the Barcelona Open by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 Friday.

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

Nishikori re-established his ground game to take a 3-1 lead before winning the last three games.

Nishikori will next face either Martin Klizan or Tommy Robredo.