Nadal Pushes Into China Open Quarterfinals

Nadal Pushes Into China Open Quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal said he was braced for the "huge" serve of John Isner after Spain's world No. 1 bulldozed his way into the China Open quarterfinals Thursday.

"I'm happy about the match today". "I changed the tactic and worked pretty well".

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

Dubbed as the "baby Federer" in the younger days of his career, Dimitrov adopts a playing style similar to Nadal's biggest rival of his life as he is a very aggressive player looking to dictate play throughout the match.

Against Isner, Nadal had to wait until the the decisive tenth game of the first set to break serve before swatting aside the world No.17 in a second set tie-break.

And, having watched that encounter, Nadal is expecting a hard time against the 32-year-old world number 17.

Juan Martin del Potro stormed into round two with a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas and will face third seed Grigor Dimitrov, who battled past Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1 3-6 6-3.

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Nadal leads Dimitrov 8-1 in their head-to-head matches.

"I have to play my best to have my chances".

"He's a great guy". I think Grigor is a player always with a great attitude, with a positive character.

The 31-year-old Peng said she had been having injections to ease the pain and her knee was heavily strapped, but she could not play on. "But if you add that he is playing very well now from the baseline, he is one of the toughest opponents you can meet".

"We go on court and we try our best and we want to win. I hope to be ready for it".

Nick Kyrgios will face Alexander Zverev in the other last-four clash after Steve Darcis retired hurt against the Australian.

Zverev, for his part, tallied he earned his 50th ATP World Tour match victory of the season via a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Fabio Fognini in 73 minutes.

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