British tennis player Andy Murray returns the ball to Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez during the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 27, 2017. AFP / Josep LAGO
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Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open while Andy Murray struggled to join him Thursday.Nadal, a nine-time champion in Barcelona, will next face qualifier Hyeon Chung of South Korea, who defeated eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-1, 6-4 .The top-ranked Murray took nearly two hours to close out 40th-ranked Lopez.Murray will play in the quarterfinals either Roberto Bautista Agut or Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who eliminated the British player in the third round in Monte Carlo despite trailing 4-0 in the deciding set.
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