Rafael Nadal recorded his 41st consecutive match win at this tournament.
Barcelona, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) -
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal eased into the quarterfinals at the $2.55 million Barcelona Open tennis event.
The world No. 1 and reigning three-time titlist recorded his 41st consecutive match win at this tournament by cruising past Croat Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-3 on the red clay at Royal Barcelona Tennis Club.
The reigning French and U.S. Open champion Nadal beat Nicolas Almagro in last year's third straight all-Spanish Barcelona finale and the two compatriots will clash again here in Friday's quarterfinals.