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Tennis: Nadal wins but Ferrer crashes out in Barcelona

Published on Apr 24, 2014 6:10 AM
 
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning over his countryfellow Albert Ramos during the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 23, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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