Rafael Nadal, world rank 1, defeated Guillermo Garcia Lopez by 6-1, 6-3 to enter into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open Tennis tournament.
Nadal has also succeeded in continuing a record-stretching 40th consecutive win on clay set during the tournament. The tennis top seed, who is a winner of the title 10 times, will face Slovak Martin Klizan on Friday. Klizan has recently sent Novak out of the tournament.
Rafael began the first round with 4-1 lead but slowed down a bit during the second round, however, made a quick comeback in the next round to defeat his opponent.
The top player stated in an interview that he felt really good from the start and he played with more intensity than the previous game. He was able to play in a more comfort and ease manner in every sense.
Grigor Dimitrov, the second seed, managed to survive the scary competition against Malek Jaziri in order to retain his place in the last 8. Dimitrov beat the Tunisian player by 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8) after going through a nail-biting tie-break.
Jaziri, world rank 88, surrendered in the first set but hit back in the next one comfortably. However, during the later stage, he was poised to become the latest addition to the high-profile players to exit the Barcelona Open.
Those who faced defeat and exit the tournament have big names like Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori. However, Kei was going well against the second seed and went 4-2 up, but his injury forced him to quit during the third set.
Dimitrov, the Bulgarian tennis star, was under a lot of pressure in his 12th game in spite of coming back to 5-5 level, later hold on for forcing the tiebreak.
Grigor will face Pablo Carreno Busta in upcoming three-setter court, where fans of Rafael Nadal will also be there to cheer the world number one on the adjacent court.