Rafael Nadal Storms Into China Open Quarter-Final

by Antonio Miles October 7, 2017, 0:23
Rafael Nadal Storms Into China Open Quarter-Final

The other semi-final in Beijing is also a mouth-watering affair, with second seed Alexander Zverev taking on Nick Kyrgios.

World No.1 Rafael Nadal of Spain cruised past Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-3 and local favorite Peng Shuai retired at the third round of China Open here on Thursday.

Nadal first broke Isner's serve at 5-4 in the opening set, before he rebounded strongly to recover from 15/40 in the second game of the second set and eventually sweeping through the tie-break.

Nadal's victory over Isner avenges his loss a few weeks to the 6ft 11in American, sixth seed, in the Laver Cup.

"I think it was just a hair or something, a hair from the tennis ball".

"He is a player that I really like, a good friend on the Tour", Nadal said of Dimitrov.

Nadal will next meet third-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated No. 5 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.

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"I think I played a solid match", Nadal said.

"Not important, (but) I am still feeling (it) a little bit by the way", Nadal, who attempted to wash the suspected fibre out with water, added with a smile. "I played very well, changing good directions". The eighth-seeded Australian won when opponent Steve Darcis retired with a neck strain while trailing 6-0, 3-0.

Andrey Rublev also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Halep, 26, could potentially usurp Muguruza at the top if she reaches the final in Beijing.

There's a reason he's world number one.

"Maybe recently there were ups and downs and several matches in a row that stressed it (knee injury)", Peng Shuai said after the match, "The doctor suggested I should take a period of rest and get it treated, but I can only rest after the season".

In the women's, a heavyweight clash pitched two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against Denmark's former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.


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