BARCELONA (AFP) - World number one Rafael Nadal overpowered Portugal's Federico Gil to lead the top seeds into the Barcelona Open third round on Wednesday. Nadal set the perfect winning example with his 6-2, 6-2 opening victory over Gil, the number 75 whom he beat last month in Miami. Despite now owning a 22-1 record at his "home" event, the phenomenon from across the water in Mallorca said it was not as easy as it looked. "Winning has not become routine for me. Tennis is also a sport of losses, someone wins every week - but not always the same player," said Nadal."Just like in Miami against him, even though I won easily I never really felt totally comfortable until the end." Nadal now stands 30-3 on the season as he aims for a fifth Barcelona title in a row to duplicate his feat last week in Monte Carlo. The Spaniard swept the first set against Gil and played his way out of danger early in the second as he saved three break points in the second game to make it 2-0 with an inside-out forehand winner. Once the 22-year-old settled in, he eased towards the third round after 89 minutes on court. Nadal stands 139-4 on clay since 2005 and 23-1 in clay court finals. His only loss here came in the 2003 second round to compatriot Alex Corretja. Joining in the day's victory procession was Nadal's second-seeded compatriot Fernando Verdasco, with the Australian Open semi-finalist taking out Nicolas Lapentti 7-5, 6-3. World number three Nikolay Davydenko followed suit, dispatching French veteran Arnaud Clement 7-6 (7/2), 6-2. Davydenko, only recently returned to action after a bothersome heel injury limited his play this season, improved to 4-0 over the 2001 Australian Open finalist. Chile's fifth seed Fernando Gonzalez - number 4 David Ferrer won on Tuesday - overwhelmed fellow South American Jose Acasuso of Argentina 6-4, 6-4. Spanish sixth seed Tommy Robredo brought 2004 Roland Garros winner Gaston Gaudio back down to earth with a thud through a 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 victory the day after the Argentine had won his first ATP match in nearly two years. Gaudio, now the world 966, was the 2002 Barcelona champion back in his heyday, lifting the first of eight career titles starting at the Real club. "I wanted to win badly in front of the Spanish fans," said Robredo. "Gaston was making all of the errors. "He showed what a great player he was by playing me tough in the first set, it was difficult for me to close it out. But after that I relaxed and finished the match much easier." Argentine David Nalbandian, the number seven, advanced over Russian Igor Kunitsyn 7-5, 6-4 while Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka (eighth) beat Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-1. Number 14 Swede Robin Soderling took a loss as he went out to Italy's Potito Starace 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-2.