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Ramos sets up Nadal meeting

Rafael Nadal will face Albert Ramos in the second round of the Barcelona Open following the latter's victory over Nikolay Davydenko on Tuesday.

Ramos set up the meeting with Nadal - winner of this tournament in eight of the last nine years - by seeing off Russia's Davydenko 6-4 6-4.

Fourth seed Kei Nishikori has booked his place in round three, the Japanese player defeating another Spaniard in Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 4-6 6-3.

He will take on Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev, who got past 16th seed Benoit Paire 6-4 5-1 after the Frenchman retired.

Fifth seed Tommy Robredo also made it through to the third round courtesy of a 6-3 6-4 triumph over Marinko Matosevic, while ninth seed Ernests Gulbis booked his spot by beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5 7-6 (7-1).

Philipp Kohlschreiber, seeded 10th, is there as well having got past Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 (7-4) 6-2, as is world number 824 Inigo Cervantes after a 5-7 6-0 6-3 defeat of 15th-seeded Dmitry Tursunov that sets up a possible meeting with second seed David Ferrer.

The other man to have progressed to the third round is qualifier Dominic Thiem, who followed up his victory over Radek Stepnek by winning 3-6 6-3 6-2 against Marcel Granollers, the 14th seed. Thiem could meet third seed Fabio Fognini in round three.