NADAL ROLLS INTO RIO QUARTERFINALS

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RIO DE JANEIRO: World number one Rafael Nadal breezed into the quarterfinals of the $1.3 million ATP Rio Open on Thursday (Friday in Manila) but admitted afterwards that he was still feeling the effects of a back injury. Nadal, in his first event since losing last month’s Australian Open final, needed only 74 minutes to rout Spanish compatriot Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2 and book a date against Portugal’s 48th-ranked Joao Sousa, who eliminated 87th-rated Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-3.

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