Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Marcel Granollers at the Barcelona open tennis tournament in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Manu Fernandez
April 21, 2016

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open by beating Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 Thursday.

The Spanish players exchanged early breaks in the first set but the top-seeded Nadal soon took control to secure victory at the clay-court tournament.

Nadal, coming off his first title of the year at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, will next face either 12th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy or eighth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia.

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