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Rafael Nadal Storms Into China Open Quarter-Final:- An omnious warning of intent was sent by Rafael Nadal (31), as the 16-time Grand Slam winner and the Spanish world number one, bulldozed his way into the quarter-finals of the China Open on Thursday.
Russia’s promising Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 was dispatched on the outside hard court in Beijing by Nadal. Nadal faces big-serving American John Isner in the last eight.He is in the top seed and coming off the back of a third US Open title.
Nadal broke Khachanov (21), ranked 42 in the world, in the fourth game and was never in serious trouble after that. Meanwhile, Khachanov simply had no reply to Nadal’s explosive forehand and made too many routine errors.
In the third game of the second set, Nadal broke the young Russian again as he cruised into the last eight. When Nadal saved two match points against Frenchman Lucas Pouille, it was a contrast to his opener in the Chinese capital.