• Barcelona - Nishikori advances, Gulbis beats Verdasco

    4/23/13 9:27 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Barcelona - Nishikori advances, Gulbis beats Verdasco Tournament seed Kei Nishikori made a successful start in Barcelona, having ousted qualifier Guillermo Olaso in straight sets. He is joined in the round of 16 by Latvia's Ernests Gulbis, who defeated 12th seed Fernando Verdasco.

    (6) Kei Nishikori def. (Q) Guillermo Olaso 6-1, 6-3

    Sixth seed Kei Nishikori is through to the round of 16 after upending Spanish qualifier Guillermo Olaso in straight sets. The 23-year-old converted four of four break points en route to a 54-minute victory, 6-1, 6-3. Olaso struggled with his second serve, winning just seven of 18 points. Nishikori completed the match with 22 of 26 first-service points captured.

    He moves on to face 9th seed Jerzy Janowicz or Albert Ramos in the next round.

    (Q) Ernests Gulbis def. (12) Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4

    Qualifier Ernests Gulbis advanced to the round of 16 by virtue of his straight-set upending of former champion Fernando Verdasco. The 24-year-old Latvian held 10 consecutive service games through an hour and 25 minutes of play. Gulbis ended the day with 34 of 40 first-service points won.

    He is through to take on 5th seed Milos Raonic or Edouard Roger-Vasselin for a place in the quarterfinals.

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