Tennis - Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarter-finals

Defending champion Rafael Nadal enjoyed an easy win to make the last-eight of the ATP Barcelona Open.

Tennis - Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarter-finals

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Rafael Nadal

Nadal beat Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-3 as he continued his amazing winning streak at the Real Club de Tenis, where he has not lost a match in 11 years.

"I think I improved everything in my game a little bit," said Nadal.

"I'm happy with the way I played. I was a little bit more aggressive with more control on my shots and changing direction better than I did yesterday. I was able to hit a few winners with the right confidence.

"That's the important thing for me."

Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the next round, Almagro having beaten Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-3.

ATP Barcelona third round results:

1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Ivan Dodig (Croatia) 6-3 6-3

Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 4-6 6-4 7-5

12-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat 5-Tommy Robredo (Spain) 7-5 6-7(3) 7-6(5)

10-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Jurgen Melzer (Austria) 7-5 6-3

6-Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat 11-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 6-3 6-3

9-Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Albert Montanes (Spain) 7-5 6-1

Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) beat Inigo Cervantes (Spain) 6-4 6-2

4-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) 6-0 6-4

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