Nadal battles into semis
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.