Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the Paris-Bercy ATP Masters 1000. The Spanish champion adds the pearl number 1001 to the series of career victories with a 6-1 7-6 (3) which he blocks after just over an hour and a half of play, reaching at least the quarterfinals for the Paris-2 eighth time in his career.
Pablo Carreno Busta will be waiting for him. Thompson has time to move the zero from the game box (needless to say by canceling a break point) before essentially acting as a non-paying spectator. If nothing else in the inaugural stage.
Nadal serves well, responds well, moves well. He manages prolonged exchanges almost perfectly and eliminates unforced errors from the tactical project. He even looking for the way of the network in the vast majority of occasions.
After a rather prolonged phase of study, obviously consolidated by the quality of the service of both, the tie break almost inevitably turns out to be the safest refuge. Even if the Majorcan at 5-6 still needs to cancel a set point, the son of a double foul.
Nadal, who needs an arm wrestling to position himself on serve, breaks the balance at 2-1 and consolidates the advantage near the finish line. By fixing the score at 7-3. Rafa said: "What to improve about my tennis? In this moment I would tell you everything, but this is the work of every day.
I had not played indoors for about a year and therefore it is right that I have to grow gradually. I need to play and match after match."
Wins for Wawrinka, Zverev and Medvedev
Wins also for Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Alexander Zverev.
Out Andrey Rublev. With the clear victory against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina - whom he had already beaten on two occasions during this surreal twenty-twenty-two - Diego Schwartzman is approaching with great strides towards the dream Finals.
Only Pablo Carreno Busta could complicate the plans of the Argentine tennis player, who has accumulated thirteen wins and three defeats since the restart. The Spaniard should still win the tournament, which is not an easy feat, and hope that El Peque won't find a place in the semifinal.
The chances of occupying the last place are obviously few. Daniil Medvedev also condenses the vast majority of difficulties in the inaugural stage. In the remake of the final with Alex de Minaur the Russian number one does not take advantage of an early-break advantage and above all gets stuck at the foot of the jeu decisif.
The final 5-7 6-2 6-2 (which in both cases blinds with a partial double of 4-1 between the second and the third) is fairly emblematic.