Nadal happy to go through in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open, then declared he was much happier with his performance.
The 32-year-old suffered defeat by Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo on Saturday and then lost a set at this event for the first time in four years as he edged past Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday.
However there were definite signs of improvement on Thursday as the current world number two cruised through his latest match when beating David Ferrer 6-3 6-3.
The Spaniard is now set to play Jan-Lennard Struff, who beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 3-6 6-2, and was happy with the performance he put in against Ferrer.
"I had to improve on yesterday, not just the result but overall," said Nadal. "It was important to do better and play with more energy than yesterday. I did that so I can go back to my hotel feeling much happier."
Meanwhile, Japan's Kei Nishikori has also booked his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Felix Auger Aliassime and will play Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.