Rafael Nadal continues to maintain his winning streak in Barcelona after beating opponent Guillermo Garcia 6-1 6-3. Nadal will be proceeding to the quarterfinals in a faceoff with Martin Klizan.
Klizan who earlier beat Novak Djokovic also maintained his win by beating Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-1 6-4.
Elsewhere, second seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria saved two match points to beat Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 7-5 3-6 7-6 (10-8).
Dimitrov will now meet Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-2 4-6 7-6 (8-6).
Dominic Thiem will play Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters after the Swiss third seed beat Slovakian Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.
Tsitsipas, 19, knocked out Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4 7-5.
World number 10 David Goffin, from Belgium, came through 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 against Russia’s Karen Khachanov. This earned him a last-eight draw against Roberto Bautista-Agut, who beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar-Alba 6-4 6-1.
The Barcelona Open has been one of the most interesting tournaments. We are looking forward to the match between Nadal and Klizan at the quarterfinals.
The heat continues to rise as the players draw nearer to the end of the tournament. All the players have admittedly given it their all regardless of the outcome. We know they all did all they could and we applaud them for their efforts.
The world is crossing their fingers as everyone roots for their favorite player. We are waiting to see how the likes of Thiem and Dimitrov will emerge eventually.
We cannot ignore that Klizan; ranked number 140 in the world is doing exceptionally well. He seems to be focused on the price and might give us a surprise win against Nadal.
It is almost obvious that Nadal is taking the title due to his unending win streaks. Nonetheless, we are keeping our fingers crossed for Dominic or Klizan. We hope there will be surprise stunts and a sudden twist of events. All the same, we wish all the players the best!