Nadal sails into quarters

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Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Top seed Rafael Nadal sailed into the last eight of the Rio Open with a straight sets triumph over compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta on Thursday.

The world number three, who is the defending champion in Brazil, needed just over two hours to win 7-5 6-3 and is yet to drop a set in Rio.

Carreno Busta drew first blood in his first-ever match against Nadal, breaking to go 3-2 up before the 14-time grand slam winner hit back immediately and went on to sneak the first set.

In the second, Nadal saved two break points, before eking out the win to set up a quarter-final against Pablo Cuevas.

The sixth seed Uruguayan, who won the Brasil Open 2015 last week, booked his place in the next round with a 6-2 6-2 triumph over veteran Albert Montanes.

“It is going to be the first time I face him (Nadal),” Cuevas told the ATP Tour website. “I am in a good moment. I will try to enjoy the match and continue to play the same as I (have) been doing and I wish I can continue with the streak.”

The winner of Nadal and Cuevas will face either Fabio Fognini or Federico Delbonis in the semis after they also came through matches on Thursday.

Italian Fognini had little trouble dispatching Pablo Andujar 6-3 6-2, while Argentinian Delbonis was surprisingly even more comfortable against eighth seed Martin Klizan 6-2 6-1.

In the women’s draw top seed Sara Errani overcame a late fightback from Lourdes Dominguez Lino to continue her march into the last eight.

The 27-year-old Italian won the first seven games to take the first set 6-0 and go 1-0 up in the second, but Dominguez Lino fought back to 5-5 before Errani ultimately took it 7-5 to claim victory.

Errani, set to contest her first quarter-final since the US Open, told the WTA website: “I’m in the quarter-finals now, so I still just want to think match by match, but of course I hope I can win the title here.”

If Errani is going to make it any further she will have to overcome a partisan crowd when she takes on Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

The 18-year-old wild card continued her remarkable run with a 6-1 6-2 triumph over seventh seed Polona Hercog.

Elsewhere, sixth seed Anna Schmiedlova beat Paula Ormaechea 6-0 6-2 and Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg dumped out third seed Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-3.

Published: Friday 20th February 2015 by The News Editor

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