Rafael Nadal cruises into Barcelona Open quarters

 21 Apr 2016 - 15:58

 Rafael Nadal cruises into Barcelona Open quarters
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Spain's Albert Montanes during the ATP Barcelona Open "Conde de Godo" tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 21, 2016. / AFP / JOSEP LAGO

Barcelona: Rafael Nadal continued his perfect start to the European clay-court season by easing past fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

Nadal is looking to equal Argentine legend Guillermo Vilas's record of 49 clay-court tournament wins and capture a ninth title in the Catalan capital having claimed the Monte Carlo Masters last week.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion has suffered shock defeats in Barcelona in the past two years, but looks back close to his best on his favoured surface as he won eight of the last 10 games to take his career record over the 35-year-old Montanes to 4-0 in just over an hour on court.