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Berlocq advances to face Nadal in Barcelona Open

4/23/2013 1:31:00 PM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Carlos Berlocq of Argentina set up a second-round match against defending champion Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open by defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday.

Nadal last played Berlocq at the Brasil Open and rallied to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Berlocq says Nadal appears to be in better physical condition now than in February, saying ``he is in an awesome shape.'' Nadal is looking for his eighth Barcelona Open title.

In second-round matches on Tuesday, eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany overcame Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), while Jeremy Chardy of France beat Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-2, 6-4.