King of Clay beats Spanish compatriot to progress in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to the crowd after his victory over Gimeno Traver during the Barcelona open tennis in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Nadal won 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to the crowd after his victory over Gimeno Traver during the Barcelona open tennis in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, April 20, 2011. Nadal won 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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WORLD number one Rafael Nadal romped to a 6-1 6-1 second-round win over fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver at the Barcelona Open.

The top seed, who won last week’s Monte Carlo Masters and is unbeaten on clay since 2009, took just over an hour to complete the victory.

The 24-year-old will now face Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the third round.

Andy Murray pulled out of the tournament on Tuesday having failed to recover from the elbow injury he suffered in Monte Carlo.

The Scot damaged the joint in his three set loss to Nadal.

In a statement, the Scot said: “Under advice from the medical experts I have had to withdraw from the Barcelona tournament due to a right elbow injury.

“I’m going to take four to five days’ rest and begin practising at the start of next week.”

The injury is the latest blow for the world number four, who has endured a horrible sequence of results since reaching his second successive Australian Open final in January where he lost to Novak Djokovic.