‘Rafael Nadal has a forehand which leaves you on the floor,’ says Pablo Carreno Busta

Pablo Carreno Busta says he will just try to enjoy the moment in his semi-final clash against Rafael Nadal in Barcelona.

Carreno Busta beat world number nine Diego Schwatzman to set up the semi-final with his fellow Spaniard Nadal, who overcame British number two Cameron Norrie.

Nadal, who is gunning for his 12th Barcelona title this year, has had an unsettled tournament so far, dropping sets in both of his early matches, but clearly improving along the way with more match practice.

Meanwhile Carreno Busta, who is world number 11, has had a steady week, only dropping one set all tournament in the quarterfinal.

Nadal has won all seven of the previous head to heads, four of which have been on clay, and it’s not surprising that Carreno Busta feels intimidated with the fact he has only managed to win two sets against Nadal in all seven matches.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Carreno Busta piled complements on his compatriot and said he knows it will be toughest match you can play on clay.

“Rafa Nadal is the greatest of all time on clay,” said Carreno Busta.

“He has a forehand which leaves you on the floor. If you let him start dictating the rally, you are finished.

“Tomorrow I have the toughest match on this surface that you can play. I’ll just try to enjoy the moment.”

The winner of the match will play either Stefanos Tsitispas or Jannik Sinner in Sunday’s final.

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