Nadal and Murray advance in Barcelona

Updated: April 27, 2012

Rafael Nadal recorded his 31st consecutive win at his home Barcelona Open on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals at the expense of Colombian qualifier Robert Farah 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal will next face Serb fifth seed Janko Tipsarevic, who put out Frederico Gil of Portugal 6-2, 6-2.

Second seed Andy Murray crushed Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-2 to set up a showdown with Milos Raonic.

Third seed David Ferrer, three times a losing finalist to Nadal, advanced over Spanish compatriot Albert Montanes 6-0, 6-2.

Spanish seventh seed Feliciano Lopez beat Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-1 while Japan’s Kei Nishikori defeating Spain’s Albert Ramos 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.