On a rainy day, Rafael Nadal won his seventh straight match Thursday crushing countryman Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 at the Barcelona Open. He then said with so much time left in the day that he might go see a movie!
“I need to do my recovery work as it is the second tournament in a row, last week was a hard week with a lot of long matches and so I’ll rest and maybe even go to the cinema,” Nadal told AFP.
Nadal’s streak will be put to the test Friday in the quarterfinals by new rival Fabio Fognini. The Italian took three of five meetings last year including shocking second round win in Barcelona last year.
“Tomorrow will be a tough match against Fognini, he beat me three times last year and it was up and down against him.” said Nadal.
Nadal just won his first Masters title in almost two years in Monte Carlo on Sunday. He is also seeking a ninth Barcelona title this week.
Also, 2-time defending champion Kei Nishikori improved his win streak at the tournament to 12 after defeating Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 7-5.
Nishikori moves on to face Alexandr Dolgopolov, who stopped the run of qualifier Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-5.
FRIDAY BARCELONA SCHEDULE
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
 [WC] B. Paire (FRA) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)
 A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs  K. Nishikori (JPN)
 R. Nadal (ESP) vs  F. Fognini (ITA)
 A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs  P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
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