Banc Sabadell Open Second Round
Nadal, Nishikori, Gulbis, Advance to Quarter-finals; Cilic Upsets Robredo
April 24 2014 ITS Staff Barcelona - World No.1 Rafael Nadal defeated Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell where he is trying to win his ninth Conde de Godó Trophy.
With the victory, he has now won 41 straight matches dating back to 2003 here at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona. Nadal, who lost to compatriot David Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarter-finals last week, is looking to win his 44th ATP Tour clay-court title to add on to his two previous titles this season winning in Doha and Rio de Janeiro.
Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-3 in 86 minutes. The tenth seed will now play Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo who outlasted Dominic Thiem’s 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 27 minutes. Croatia’s Marin Cilic upset No.5 seed and former top-tenner Tommy Robredo in an epic three set thriller 7-5 6-7(3) 7-6(5) lasting almost three hours of heavy hitting exchanges.
Kei Nishikori barged into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell beating Andrey Golubev 6-0, 6-4 on Thursday. The No.4 seed Japanese player was down 1-4 in the second set before reeling off five games in a row closing the match in one hour and 16 minutes.
Nishikori is playing this week after a groin injury he suffered in Sony Open in Miami after posting wins over David Ferrer and Roger Federer in reaching the semifinals. Nishikori will now meet fifth seed Spain’s Tommy Robredo or Croatia’s 12th seed Marin Cilic for a place in the semi-finals.
Latvian Ernests Gulbis eliminated local bet Albert Montanes 7-5, 6-1 to also advance to the last eight. The No.9 seed broke the Spaniard’s serve four times to book a showdown against Teymuraz Gabashvili, who followed up his upset victory over David Ferrer with a 6-4, 6-2 over Inigo Cervantes.
Barcelona Open Men's Singles Third Round Thursday Apr 24
1-Rafa Nadal beat Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-3
Santiago Giraldo beat Dominic Thiem 4-6 6-4 7-5
12-Marin Cilic beat 5-Tommy Robredo 7-5 6-7(3) 7-6(5)
10-Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Jurgen Melzer 7-5 6-3
6-Nicolas Almagro beat 11-Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-3
9-Ernests Gulbis beat Albert Montanes 7-5 6-1
Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) beat Inigo Cervantes 6-4 6-2
4-Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Golubev 6-0 6-4