Nadal rolls into Mex­ico Open quar­ter-fi­nals

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ACA­PULCO: Sec­ond-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised into the quar­ter-fi­nals of the ATP Aca­pulco tour­na­ment on Wed­nes­day with a com­pre­hen­sive 6-1, 6-1 vic­tory over Paolo Lorenzi.

Spain’s Nadal, a two-time win­ner in Aca­pulco who is play­ing his first tour­na­ment since falling to Roger Fed­erer in the Aus­tralian Open fi­nal, made short work of the 38th-ranked Lorenzi.

Nadal dropped just seven points on his serve, never fac­ing a break point.

He broke the Ital­ian for the fifth time in the fi­nal game of the match, delivering a sting­ing fore­hand win­ner to wrap up the win in just 66 min­utes.

Nadal next faces Ja­pan’s Yoshi­hito Nish­ioka, a 6-4, 3-6, 60 win­ner over Aus­tralian lucky loser Jor­dan Thomp­son.

Top-seeded No­vak Djokovic beat Ar­gen­tine vet­eran Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-4, 64 to ad­vance to quar­ter-fi­nal clash with Aus­tralia’s Nick Kyr­gios.

Sixth-seeded Kyr­gios de­feated Amer­i­can Don­ald Young 6-2, 6-4.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic booked his quar­ter-fi­nal berth with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 vic­tory over fel­low Croa­t­ian Borna Coric.

Cilic, the 2014 US Open cham­pion, re­mained un­beaten against his 20-year-old com­pa­triot.

He fired a dozen aces, and broke Coric three times in the match — in­clud­ing twice in the fi­nal set to set up a clash with Amer­i­can Steve John­son, a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win­ner over Amer­i­can wild­card Ernesto Es­cobedo.

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