World No. 2 men's tennis player Rafael Nadal has extended his incredible record-winning streak on clay tennis courts to 70 in a row.
The top-seeded Spanish star advanced to the Barcelona Open semifinals with a straights-set victory over Italian Potito Starace, 6-2, 7-5 Friday.
Nadal's compatriot, David Ferrer, will try to break the unbeaten streak when he faces the two-time defending champion on Saturday. The fifth-seeded Ferrer booked his spot in the last four with a two-sets victory over Argentine David Nalbandian, 7-6, 6-2.
In another quarterfinal, 12th seed Guillermo Canas of Argentina got a walkover against second-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who withdrew with a wrist injury.
Canas faces countryman Agustin Calleri, a straight-sets winner over little-known Spaniard Oscar Hernandez (6-0, 6-3).
The clay-court tournament is a key warm-up for the French Open, which starts May 27 in Paris.