Tennis: Nadal wins but Ferrer crashes out in Barcelona
Published on Apr 24, 2014 6:10 AM
BARCELONA (AFP) - Rafael Nadal began his bid for a record ninth title at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 defeat of journeyman Albert Ramos with his chances also boosted as four-time finalist David Ferrer crashed out.
Nadal, the top seed, put his loss last week in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals to Ferrer out of his mind in a match lasting just over two hours against compatriot Ramos in a battle of left-handers.
Nadal's second-round win lifted his record at the event to 41-1.
"It was a positive victory for me," said Nadal.
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