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Result: Rafael Nadal through to quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal cruises into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open with a straight-sets win over Ivan Dodig.

Rafael Nadal has eased to victory in straight sets against Ivan Dodig in the third round of the Barcelona Open.

The Spaniard made short work of Dodig, eventually winning 6-3 6-3 to claim his 41st straight win in Barcelona – a record which stretches 11 years.

The world number one earned the first break of the match in the fifth game to edge into a 3-2 lead, before fighting back from 15-40 to take the first set.

Nadal then raced into a 4-1 lead in the second, and eventually wrapped up the win in 83 minutes.

He told reporters after the tie: "I still have work to do but the intensity on the legs was better. I was more relaxed."

Nadal will now meet Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-finals.

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