ATP Tour

Nadal advances in Barcelona

2016-04-20 18:15
Rafael Nadal (AFP)

Barcelona - Rafael Nadal rebounded from an early break to beat Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday, advancing to the third round of the Barcelona Open.

Nadal lost his serve to start the match but recovered in the following game at the clay-court tournament.

The top-seeded Nadal had 16 break points, converting four of them. He saved three break points against the 50th-ranked Granollers.

Seeking his ninth title at the Barcelona Open, Nadal will next play wild-card entry Albert Montanes, the 104th-ranked Spaniard who defeated 14th-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-3.

Nadal, ranked fifth in the world, won the Monte Carlo Masters last week for his first title of the year.

Two-time Barcelona Open champion Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round by beating Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-2. He broke the Dutchman's serve three times.

"The conditions were tough for both of us because of the wind," said the second-seeded Nishikori, who will next play 33rd-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France. "But I played a solid match."

Nishikori is trying to become the third player to win three consecutive titles at the Barcelona Open, joining Mats Wilander and Nadal. The 26-year-old Japanese player has won 11 straight matches at the tournament.

Also, 12th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy defeated Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 3-6, 6-0, 6-1, 10th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-2, 6-1 and Alexander Zverev of Germany beat 15th-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5.

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