Nadal hit by Fog' trouble
RAFAEL NADAL'S bid for a ninth Barcelona Open title ended in third-round defeat as Italian Fabio Fognini edged a hard-fought encounter 6-4 7-6 (8/6) to move into the quarter-finals.
Second-seed Nadal had easily seen off Nicolas Almagro in the previous round but found himself in trouble against Fognini, who had won in three sets in their previous meeting on the clay of Rio earlier this year.
Defending champion Kei Nishikori had little trouble going past Santiago Giraldo in straight sets, the 6-2 6-1 win coming in just under 90 minutes.
Nishikori survived several break points to ensure a match-up against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.