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Rafael Nadal sweats; David Ferrer out in Barcelona Open

Barcelona: Defending champion Rafael Nadal had to dig deep against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos en route to advance to the third round of the Barcelona Open here yesterday.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal 

The World No 1 fought back from a break down in the opening set, taking it in a tie-break, before seeing out a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win in a nearly two-hour clash.

However, the biggest upset was when David Ferrer crashed out in straight sets against Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili.

Second seed Ferrer lost 6-4, 6-2 against the World No 55. The defeat was a major shock for Ferrer, who beat Nadal on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters last week before going on to lose in the semi-finals against Stanislas Wawrinka.

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