PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal reaches Barcelona quarterfinals with hard-earned win over Kei Nishikori

Eleven-times champion Rafael Nadal booked his place in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open by beating Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 in a hard-fought match on Thursday. He’ll meet Cameron Norrie in the last eight, the Briton advancing when David Goffin pulled out injured, trailing 6-0, 3-5.

After the match, Rafa said:

“Kei is an amazing player. So, it’s an important victory for me. He played great I think after that first set and I started playing very well. But, it’s true that he made things a little bit easier at the beginning. Later he increased a lot the level of his play. So it was very tough. But I found a way to be through. I think I played much better than yesterday. That’s a very important thing for me, and the level of positive energy has been higher. So, I’m very satisfied.”


  1. Well don Rafa vamosssssss champ congratulations remember you are the king of Clay good luck for the next much 💪💪💪🎾🎾🎾❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘💪💪

  2. Rafa congratulations well don you get better playing more Mach is time vamosssssss champ this is yours the King of Clay 🎾💪❤️😘👍🇺🇸

  3. A topsy turvey match, brilliant first set, dropped his level in the second and came back strongly in the third to win convincingly. Rafa made it hard on himself but the important thing is that he came through.
    It’s always important that Rafa is confident and that victory should give him belief.
    It’s good to build up for Roland Garros and we must remember that he has been out of competitive tennis since the AO. There is no substitute for matches, they sharpen everything.
    All good wishes to morrow Rafa. Your millions of supporters will be with you.🇪🇸🌟😂

  4. ENHORABUENA!! poquito a poquito ganando confianza y más competitividad, siempre contigo!!!

  5. I. Wonder if you, Rafa, need pressjure to play yourbest and overcome . I am glad you come out to play hard. Once done, do you then not feel the pressure and let up? No matterwhat, congrats on coming back. Vamos man!!!

  6. Well done champ. First set was brilliant👏 Keep it up and all the best for tomorrow.

    Vamos Rafa❤️

  7. Interesting match, glad Rafa found a way to win. Another chance tomorrow, all the best!❤️

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