World number one Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for a record 11th Barcelona Open title when he squares off against his Spaniard compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the last-16 round here on Thursday.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain, who beat Dusan Lajovic 6-4 2-6 6-4, and Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, who downed Ernesto Escobedo 6-4 6-3, joined Goffin in the third round.
Former world number one Novak Djokovic had been sent packing from the tournament the day before by Martin Klizan while Kei Nishikori was forced to retire during his match against Garcia-Lopez due to a wrist injury.
A stunning cross-court backhand victor secured a second break in the next service game of Garcia-Lopez, who buried a forehand into the net from a looping Nadal serve out wide to hand the defending champion the lead. "I will try to continue and see where it takes me".
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"The first game here after Monte Carlo is always hard but I soon found my rhythm", Nadal told reporters. Nadal is going for his 11th Barcelona title this week and the top seed looked ominously comfortable against Carballes Baena.
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas meanwhile knocked out Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-4 7-5.
"Monte Carlo was probably my first tournament where I played without pain and without thinking what can happen with my elbow", he said earlier.
"If I rest, I think it will get better", he said. "I just understood a couple of months later". He has won 32 of his last 33 matches on the surface, including 15 straight.
Djokovic was given a bye in his first round in Barcelona, while Klizan came through two qualifying rounds and a tight first-round match against Federico Delbonis.