Top seed Rafael Nadal has overcome a slow start to triumph in three sets in his second round Barcelona Open match against qualifier Ilya Ivashka. Our champ, who has not lost on clay to an opponent ranked outside the world’s top 100 since 2004, won 3-6 6-2 6-4 against 111th-ranked Ivashka. He awaits the winner of Kei Nishikori and 13th seed Cristian Garin.
Rafa is seeking a record 12th title in the Barcelona tournament. He won the event six times in its last nine editions. The Barcelona Open was not played last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.