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BARCELONA, SPAIN---To p -
ranked Rafael Nadal looked more
like his confident self on the clay
in passing Ivan Dodig of Croatia
6-3, 6-3, to reach the Barcelona
Open quarterfinals yesterday.
Nadal was struggling with his
game coming into the event and
an unconvincing opening victory
on Wednesday did little to calm
But Nadal looked more assured
as he ousted the 37th-ranked
Dodig in 83 minutes in the third
Nadal moves on to face fellow
Spanish player Nicolas Almagro
in an early rematch of last season s
final, which Nadal won for his
eight title at the tournament in
the Catalan capital.
Almagro advanced after beating
Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3.
Dodig s attempts to come for-
ward were met with passing shots
from Nadal, who finally broke for
3-2 after coming to the net to
force Dodig into netting a return.
Dodig broke right back but
Nadal had found his rhythm as
he forced Dodig into 15 errors in
the first set, when he won the last
three games for the lead.
Nadal maintained his play to
start the second set, when he
made fewer errors and seemed to
grow in confidence to break Dodig
for the fourth time as he sealed
"There s still some work to do
but I definitely took a step forward
from yesterday. I move on feeling
more assured," Nadal said. "I
needed this game."
Earlier, fourth-seeded Kei
Nishikori beat Andrey Golubev of
Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-4.
Nishikori had been sidelined by
a groin injury since beating Roger
Federer four weeks ago.
Russian player Teymuraz
Gabashvili followed up his win
over fifth-ranked David Ferrer
with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over
another Spaniard, Inigo Cervantes,
to reach the quarterfinals.
Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, Marin
Cilic of Croatia, and Philipp
Kohlschreiber of Germany all won
Murray burst into tears on
Wednesday as he accepted a civic
honour in his Scottish hometown
Murray, who was granted "the
freedom of Stirling" from the local
council, stopped to compose him-
self and wipe his eyes several times
during the ceremony at Dunblane
"I think everyone knows I m
extremely proud of where I come
from," he said, his voice cracking.
"Moving away was one of the sac-
rifices I had to make for my job
and every time I come back it s
Murray s parents, grandparents
and girlfriend Kim Sears were
among those in attendance.
"I apologise for this behavior,"
he said after again being overcome
Murray also received an hon-
orary degree from the University
of Stirling, whose courts he prac-
ticed on as a youngster.
"Tennis players don t really
come from Scotland, so it s a
strange story, but shows that any-
thing can happen if you believe
and you dream and work hard,
then you can achieve whatever you
want to," he said.
Dunblane, a cathedral town, was
the site of a mass shooting in 1996.
Murray was 8 when a gunman
opened fire at his elementary
school, killing 16 children and a
teacher. He didn t witness the
actual carnage, but hid under a
desk in the headmaster s study.
Murray, gold medalist at the
2012 London Olympics and the
2012 US Open champion, became
the first British man since 1936 to
win Wimbledon last year when he
beat Novak Djokovic in the final.
Defending champion Maria
Sharapova defeated Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 yes-
terday set up a Porsche Grand
Prix quarterfinal clash with top-
seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.
The sixth-seeded Sharapova
needed little over an hour-and-
a-half to defeat her fellow Russ-
ian, keeping alive her bid to win
the tournament for the third year-
Polish world No 3 Radwanska
was rarely troubled in wrapping
up her 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy s
Roberta Vinci in 1 hour 19 min-
Fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic
faces Italy s Flavia Pennetta for
a quarterfinal place against Alisa
Kleybanova, who upset the third-
seeded Petra Kvitova on Wednes-
day. Serbia s ninth-seeded Ana
Ivanovic was to play German wild
card Julia Goerges, with Ger-
many s highest-seeded Angelique
Kerber (4), facing Carla Suarez
Navarro of Spain.
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia
was scheduled to take on sec-
ond-seeded Simona Halep in yes-
terday s late match.
Nadal cruises into
Sharapova advances to Stuttgart
Murray breaks down in
tears at Scottish ceremony
British tennis player Andy Murray, left, receives the Freedom of Stirling
presented to him by Stirling Council Provost Mike Robbins during a
special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High, in Dunblane,
Scotland on Wednesday. AP PHOTO
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