Nadal, Fed­erer cruise into quar­ters

The Freeman - - SPORTS -

SHANG­HAI — Rafael Nadal won his 14th con­sec­u­tive match to reach the Shang­hai Masters quar­ter­fi­nals, beat­ing Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thurs­day.

Fognini oc­cu­pied Nadal for 63 min­utes, nine min­utes longer Nadal's sec­ond-round match.

Roger Fed­erer, seeded sec­ond to Nadal, also was not de­tained for long as he de­feated Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dol­go­polov 6-4, 6-2.

"Of course it's good news, and es­pe­cially in this part of the sea­son," Nadal said. "Its bet­ter like this than hav­ing long matches. You save a lit­tle bit more the body.

"It doesn't mat­ter how long you are on court, (the) most im­por­tant thing is be enough com­pet­i­tive to (han­dle) all the sit­u­a­tions."

Nadal hadn't won an ATP hard-court ti­tle in more than three years un­til the U.S. Open last month, and now he's gun­ning for his third in five weeks.

Nadal saved both break points he faced in the roundof-16 match, in the fourth game of the sec­ond set.

The Cebu leg, which is han­dled by BRO Na­tion­als FC, serves as the kick-off of a four­leg se­ries.

Teams will be spread in dif­fer­ent classes with the un­der-9 di­vi­sion hav­ing the most num­ber of en­tries at 15. The men’s open and un­der 13 has 12 while the un­der 11 and un­der 15 has 11 squads each.

The cor­po­rate di­vi­sion, on the other hand, will have eight teams com­pet­ing, while the women’s open, boys 19 and 35 above have five, boys 17 with seven, un­der-7 with six and boys 19 and the girls 19 with three teams bat­tling it out for the ti­tle.

Af­ter Cebu, ac­tion shifts to Pam­panga and Romblon. The Na­tional Finals will be staged in Manila with no con­firmed date and venue.—

Cae­cent No-ot Mag­sum­bol

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