LOS ANGELES – Global quantity two Rafael Nadal stepped up his bid for a 3rd ATP Mexico Open name with an excellent show of serving and shotmaking to overcome Serbian teen Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday.
The Spaniard hit 20 winners as he stored his hopes alive of regaining the highest rating with a 6-2, 7-Five victory over the 20-year-old Kecmanovic to achieve the quarter-finals on the Acapulco hardcourt event.
“He is an excessively unhealthy participant. Younger, with numerous energy. I’m more than happy with the victory,” Nadal mentioned.
“I performed an excellent first set and that is the reason necessary for me. That provides me self belief.”
Subsequent up for Nadal is South Korea’s Kwon Quickly-woo, who reached his fourth quarter-final of the month with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-Zero disillusioned in opposition to eighth-seeded Dusan Lajovic.
Kwon additionally reached the closing 8 in Pune, New York and Delray Seaside.
Nadal progressed to 17-2 general at this tournament. He must take the Acapulco name and feature Novak Djokovic lose his semi-final fit at this week’s Dubai Tennis Championships to regain most sensible spot.
Nadal roared to a 5-Zero lead within the first set thank you to a few very good serving and snatch winners.
In the second one set, Nadal broke the Serb for a 5-Three lead however Kecmanovic broke again within the subsequent recreation and held serve to degree the set at 5-5.
Nadal, who made 17 unforced mistakes, clinched the fit at the first fit level when Kecmanovic blasted a forehand go back neatly large.
The opposite quarter-finals function 3rd seeded Stan Wawrinka in opposition to Grigor Dimitrov, Taylor Fritz as opposed to Kyle Edmund, and 5th seed John Isner in opposition to qualifier Tommy Paul.
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