Rafael Nadal beats Albert Ramos to advance to Barcelona Open third round

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal registered a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 win over Albert Ramos in the second round of Barcelona Open.

updated: April 24, 2014 17:02 IST
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Barcelona: Rafael Nadal began his bid for a record ninth title at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 defeat of journeyman Albert Ramos with his chances also boosted as four-time finalist David Ferrer crashed out.

Nadal, the top seed, put his loss last week in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals to Ferrer out of his mind in a match lasting just over two hours against compatriot Ramos in a battle of left-handers.

Nadal's second-round win lifted his record at the event to 41-1. "It was a positive victory for me," said Nadal.

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