Nadal Eases to Win over Johansson

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."

Source BBC

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