Rafael Nadal extended his unbeaten run on clay to 69 consecutive wins with an emphatic 6-1 6-4 victory over Sweden's Thomas Johansson at the Barcelona Open.
|Nadal had far too much power for Johansson|
The defending champion and top seed lost just five points on his own serve as he cruised into the quarter-finals.
The Spaniard, who also won the title in 2005, now plays Potito Starace after the Italian upset eighth seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-4 7-6.
Third seed Tommy Robredo lost 6-4 2-6 6-3 to Argentina's Agustin Calleri.
Meanwhile, fifth seed David Ferrer beat Serbian qualifier Boris Pashanski 6-2 7-5.
Ferrer will meet Argentine fourth seed David Nalbandian in the next round after he beat former French Open champion Carlos Moya 6-4 6-3.
But the talk of the tournament has been Nadal's imperious form and incredible winning run.
"When I step on the court, I don't think about records," said Nadal.
"I just think about the match itself and the opponent because they deserve respect.
"I have said many times that I will lose some time. I don't know if it will be here, or Rome, or Hamburg or Roland Garros, but I don't put a date on it.
"I think the record will be around for a long time, so there is no more pressure."