Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Spain's Albert Montanes during the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 21, 2016. / AFP / JOSEP LAGO
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Rafael Nadal continued his perfect start to the European clay court season by easing past fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open Thursday.Nadal will face a much tougher test in the quarterfinals Friday against Italian 12th seed Fabio Fognini, who overcame Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last eight.Fognini dumped Nadal out at the last 16 in Barcelona last year and also inflicted his first ever Grand Slam defeat after winning the first two sets at the U.S. Open in September.Nishikori extended his winning streak in Barcelona to 12 matches over Chardy despite a momentary blip as he was broken when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.
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