Tennis

Rafael Nadal advances to China Open semifinal, wins 6-4, 7-6 (0) against John Isner


Rafael Nadal vs John Isner, Nadal, China Open 2017, China Open, Tennis news, Indian ExpressRafael Nadal vs John Isner, Nadal, China Open 2017, China Open, Tennis news, Indian Express Rafael Nadal has won five titles this season and is closing in on the year-end No. 1 ranking. (Source: AP)

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals of the China Open by beating sixth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Friday. The French Open and U.S. Open champion has won five titles this season and is closing in on the year-end No. 1 ranking.

“I don’t remember a lot of mistakes,” Nadal said. “I went to the net very often. I did the things that I want to do, and I did it well, so very happy.”

On the women’s side, unseeded Carolina Garcia of France upset third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (6) in almost 3 1/2 hours to line up Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. Simona Halep, on course to becoming the No. 1 player in the world for the first time, faces French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Nadal saved all three break points he faced against Isner. He will next play third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2.

Dimitrov spent time practicing with Nadal in Mallorca ahead of the hard-court season. The two also went fishing at sea.

“We catch a few ones (fish), but not very big,” Nadal said. “But we had some good dinner.”

Nick Kyrgios also advanced. The eighth-seeded Australian won when opponent Steve Darcis retired with a neck strain while trailing 6-0, 3-0.

Kyrgios will take on second-seeded Alexander Zverev. The German beat Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-3 and qualified for the season-ending tournament in London.

“It’s great for any player to qualify,” said Zverev, who has five titles this season.

Second-ranked Halep moved into the women’s semifinal by defeating Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-2, 6-1.

To bump Garbine Muguruza from No. 1, the Romanian needs to reach the final. Halep’s quarterfinal win avenged her straight-sets loss to the 34th-ranked Kasatkina at Wuhan last week.

Kvitova defeated Czech countrywoman Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. Kvitova has won the last 24 matches she’s played against fellow Czechs.

“We are pretty good friends from the Fed Cups,” she said. “We know each other well. We practice a lot as well. Maybe it’s extra motivation for us to play each other.”

Ostapenko beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 in an error-filled quarterfinal.

For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App

Article source: http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/tennis/top-ranked-rafael-nadal-advances-to-china-open-semifinal-4878158/

Loading...

Best Wordpress Plugin development company in India     Best Web development company in India

Related posts

Juan Martin Del Potro reaches Paris Masters last eight

Times of News

Shenzhen Open: Injured Maria Sharapova Retires From Quarters

Times of News

Novak Djokovic to skip Davis Cup playoff versus India

Times of News