Rafael Nadal got past fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Barcelona, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) -
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced, while four-time runner-up David Ferrer was a shocking loser Wednesday at the $2.55 million Barcelona Open tennis event.
The world No. 1 and reigning three-time titlist Nadal got past fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 on the red clay at Royal Barcelona Tennis Club.
"It was a positive victory for me," said Nadal. "Obviously I didn't play my best match, but after the defeat in Monte Carlo, the next match on court was never going to be easy."
Nadal, who was stunned by Ferrer in Monte Carlo last week, beat Nicolas Almagro in last year's third straight all-Spanish Barcelona finale. His third- round opponent on Thursday will be capable Croat Ivan Dodig.