Kei Nishikori Advances but Fernando Verdasco Falls at Barcelona Open

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 | 0
Kei Nishikori is through to the quarterfinals (photo: livetennis)

Kei Nishikori is through to the quarterfinals (photo: livetennis)


It turned out to be an uncomplicated day in the office for the seeds at the ATP 500 Barcelona Open on Tuesday.

Top seed Kei Nishikori put up a dominating performance to pull off a 6-3 6-4 conquest of Russian journeyman Teymuraz Gabashvili. Besides emerging unbroken on his serve, the fifth-ranked Japanese won 90 percent of his first-serve points to progress into the quarterfinals.

7th seed Roberto Bautista Agut also clinched an identical triumph. The Spaniard ruled on his supreme first serve to score a 6-3 6-4 win against 75th-ranked Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci to sail into the last-eight stage of the tournament.

It was, however, the end of the road for Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, who suffered s stunning 7-6 6-3 defeat from the hands of 17-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev in the opening-round encounter.

2nd Round Results

(1) K Nishikori d. T Gabashvili 6-3 6-4

(10) P Cuevas d. RC Baena 6-4 7-5

(7) RB Agut d. T Bellucci 6-3 6-4

(9) T Robredo d. M Kukushkin 6-3 6-2

1st Round Results

J Sousa d. (L) K De Schepper 6-4 3-6 6-3

VE Burgos d. D Thiem 6-3 7-6

J Monaco d. A Gonzalez 7-5 6-1

(W) A Montanes d. R Berankis 1-6 6-4 7-5

M Ilhan d. (Q) J Ward 7-6 3-6 6-1

(Q) A Rublev d. F Verdasco 7-6 6-3

N Almagro d. P Lorenzi 3-0 (ret.)


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