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Monday 5 December 2016

Nadal battles into semis

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the quarter-finals of the China Open
Rafael Nadal has advanced to the quarter-finals of the China Open

Second seed Rafael Nadal survived a late fightback from Adrian Mannarino as he beat the French qualifier 6-1 7-6(6) yesterday to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open during a rain-hit day in Beijing.

Nadal got off to a quick start, winning nine of the first 11 games. However, Mannarino rallied back to force the second set into a tiebreak before Nadal ended the contest on his second match point.

"I think I played a fantastic first set. Great level of tennis, serving very good, hitting so good. During the second set, I slowed the rhythm a little bit and he played very well," Nadal, a 14-times grand slam champion, told reporters.

"I think I played with the right amount of determination in the tie-break."

Nadal will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals today.

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