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.”