Result: Nishikori through to Barcelona quarter-finals

Result: Nishikori through to Barca quarters
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Kei Nishikori advances to the last eight of the Barcelona Open with a 7-6 6-3 win over Spaniard Albert Ramos.

Kei Nishikori is through to the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open following a straight-sets win over Albert Ramos in Catalonia.

The opening set took just over an hour to complete after a tight affair with both competitors holding their serve and executing shots to deny one another the breakthrough.

A tie-break was needed to decide the first set, which was dominated by eighth seed Nishikori, who managed to snatch the lead with a 7-2 win in the set showdown.

The Japanese number one then cruised into a 4-1 advantage in the second set after breaking the Spaniard early on.

Ramos battled hard though and saved surrendering his serve for a second time by holding after Nishikori took him to deuce in the sixth game.

The pair then exchanged games once more, leaving Nishikori to serve for the match at 5-3. He did so successfully to claim a 7-6 6-3 win over the hometown hero and set up a last-eight meeting against either Fernando Verdasco or Kevin Anderson.

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