Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarters

(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal cruised into the Barcelona Open quarterfinals by defeating fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday.

The top-ranked Nadal converted on his second match point to clinch his 16th straight victory on clay and set up an encounter with Martin Klizan, who eliminated Novak Djokovic in the second round.

"I came out with the conviction that I could play a lot better than I did yesterday (against Roberto Carballes Baena), and that's what happened," Nadal said.

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