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Top seed Rafael Nadal survived another three-set set on Thursday, progressing to the quarter-finals at the Barcelona Open in Spain with a 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 win over Japan’s Kei Nishikori .
Barcelona’s 11-time champion, who scored a day earlier to beat Belarus’s Ilya Ivashka, saved 11 out of 13 break points and knocked out Nishikori in two hours and 19 minutes. The Spaniard’s next opponent will be England’s Cameron Norrie, who are leading 6-0, 3-5 when Belgium’s No. 8 David Goffin retires (right foot).
Russia’s No. 3 Andrey Rublev surpassed Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas with the score 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4. Greek No. 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas won 7-5, 6-3 over Australia’s No. 14 Alex De Minaur. In an all-Canadian clash, No. 10 Felix Auger-Aliassime beat 7 Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-3. Italy’s No. 11 Jannik Sinner defeated Spain’s No 5 Roberto Bautista Agut with the score 7-6 (9), 6-2. Fourth place is Diego Schwartzman of Argentina and No. 6 Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain.
Argentina’s Federico Delbonis eliminated their most beloved home side and fourth seed Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals in Belgrade, Serbia.
Lajovic fought with five match points before Delbonis finished a two-hour and 24-minute match. He will face Japan’s Taro Daniel, who rallied 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 against Australia’s No. 7 John Millman.
No. 3 Aslan Karatsev of Russia eliminated Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene with the score 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5). Italy’s Gianluca Mager won 7-5, 6-2 over Australia’s Alexei Popyrin.
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