Nadal beats Berlocq in Barcelona, Berdych and Raonic also win

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Rafa Nadal cruised to third round at Barcelona 2013 tennis tournament, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Robredo and Milos Raonic also advanced.

Second seed Nadal started the hunt for his eighth Barcelona crown by brushing aside 30-year-old Argentine Carlos Berlocq in straight sets. He got off to a flying start and moved 3-0 ahead in the opener, yet Berlocq broke back when Rafa was serving for the first set at 5-3. However, the king of clay hit back immediately and claimed the opener in the follow-up game. In the next set he confirmed his first break to make it 4-1 and sealed the clash with the second one after converting his sixth match ball. The scoreline: 6-4, 6-2.

Recent Casablanca title holder Robredo ousted another in-form player, fourteenth seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who played in Monte Carlo semis last week. Dimitrov won the opening three games, yet resilient Robredo turned the first set around with the help of two consecutive breaks. He used the momentum shift to construct a 4-0 lead in the second set and extended his double break lead to wrap up the match with a 7-5, 6-1 victory. The Spaniard conquered the tournament back in 2004 and lost a final match to Nadal two years later.

Third seed Berdych needed a touch of luck to eliminate experienced Russian Nikolay Davydenko in an exhausting three-set drama. The Czech struggled in the opener where he was broken two times before falling one set behind. In the next one he obtained an early break, yet Davydenko clawed back by 4-4 and was in possession of a match ball two games later. Berdych fended it off and won all of the remaining games in the set to level the terms. None of the players could hold a serve in the first five games of the decider with the Czech finally confirming his third break to make it 4-2. All of the following service games remained intact which meant the third seed progressed into third round with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory. He reduced the Russian’s H-2-H lead to 9-3.

Seed number five Raonic overcame Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin confidently in straight sets. His serve worked like a charm as he never faced any break ball threats, while he converted three out four break points himself. In the end he secured his last 16 spot with the first match ball. End score: 6-4, 6-2.

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