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Nadal heads seeds to progress in Barcelona

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  • Top seed Rafael Nadal eases through to the third round of the Barcelona Open
  • Nadal defeats Federico Gil 6-2 6-2 as he bids to win event for fifth time in a row
  • Second seed Fernando Verdasco and third seed Nikolay Davydenko also win
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(CNN) -- Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal cruised past Federico Gil of Portugal in straight sets in the Barcelona Open second round, as all the leading seeds reached the last 16 on Wednesday.

Rafael Nadal is bidding to win his fifth straight tournament title in Barcelona this week.

Rafael Nadal is bidding to win his fifth straight tournament title in Barcelona this week.

World number one Nadal remains on course for his fifth straight title in Barcelona with a comfortable 6-2 6-2 victory.

The win also extends the Spaniard's record on clay since 2005 to 139-4 and 23-1 in finals, with his last success in Monte Carlo against Novak Djokovic just three days ago.

Compatriot and second seed Fernando Verdasco saw off Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador 7-5 6-3, while third seed Nikolay Davydenko dispatched French veteran Arnaud Clement 7-6 6-2.

Meanwhile, Chile's fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez, playing his first spring match on clay, overwhelmed fellow-South American Jose Acasuso of Argentina 6-4 6-4.

Spanish sixth seed Tommy Robredo saw off 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio 7-6 6-1, while seventh-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian beat Russian Igor Kunitsyn 7-5 6-4.

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