Rafael Nadal of Spain serves the ball to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during their quarterfinal match at the Hamburg Open tennis tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 31, 2015. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Hamburg Open by beating fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday.
Nadal's semifinal opponent will be Andreas Seppi, who reached the last four without having to play. His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stomach ailment.
Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay-court title every year since 2004. The former top-ranked player has dropped to No. 10 in the world.