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Japanese ace Kei Nishikori moved into the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open with a straight-sets win over Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev on Thursday.

Fourth-seeded Nishikori, who defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautistaagut in the second round in his first match since March, capitalized on a number of errors by Golubev to take the first set 6-0. Despite a tougher battle in the next, he prevailed 6-4 to wrap up victory in 76 minutes.

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