Granollers beats De la Nava in Barcelona, plays Nadal next
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Marcel Granollers will play Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Barcelona Open after defeating Daniel Munoz de la Nava 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday.
The 50th-ranked Granollers had 10 aces on his way to victory over his fellow Spaniard to set up the match against title favorite Nadal.
Second-seeded Kei Nishikori, the defending champion at the clay-court tournament, opens on Wednesday.
Nadal, who won the Monte Carlo Masters last week, is trying to win the Barcelona Open for the ninth time.
Earlier Tuesday, 11th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine rallied to defeat Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 4-6, 7-6 (9), 6-4 in the second round, while Mikhail Youzhny of Russia beat Rajeev Ram of the United States 6-2, 6-2 in a first-round match.