Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round at the Barcelona Open by beating Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday.
Our champ survived a slight scare in the first set, when he took a hard fall, to put away Granollers in 91 minutes without wasting too much energy. He had 16 break points, converting four of them. He saved three break points against the 50th-ranked Granollers.
Rafa will next play Albert Montanes in the third round. The Spanish qualifier eliminated Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-3.