Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal has eased into the Barcelona Open third round with a straight-sets victory over compatriot Nicolas Almagro. Our champ won 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 38 minutes.
Rafa: “I had today’s match more or less under control and I think I made very few errors. It was the first match of the week against someone who beat me last year and for whom I have maximum respect.” (via Reuters)
King of Clay could next meet No. 13 seed Fabio Fognini or qualifier Andrey Rublev.