Rafael Nadal saves match point to down South Africa's Kevin Anderson

06 November 2015 - 13:03 By Herman Mostert
South Africa's Kevin Anderson returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their third round tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris on November 5, 2015.
South Africa's Kevin Anderson returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their third round tennis match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament in Paris on November 5, 2015.
Image: AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

Spain's Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters indoors event after beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson in three sets.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion won a tight encounter 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 to book a last eight duel with French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-4, 7-5.

Nadal appeared to be on his way out before a telling forehand winner allowed him to save match point at 5-6 down in the second set tie-break.

Anderson, who served 20 aces, cracked in the final set as Nadal broke twice to notch his 58th match win of the year.

Nadal is now a perfect 3-0 in head-to-head meetings with Anderson on the ATP World Tour. He beat Anderson 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) at a Masters 1000 event in Canada in 2010, while he also prevailed 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 at this year’s Australian Open.

Results on the fifth day of the ATP Paris Masters on Thursday (x denotes seeded player):

Third round:

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x14) 6-3, 7-5

Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x9) 6-3, 6-4

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x4) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-4, 7-5

Rafael Nadal (ESP x7) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x11) 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-2

David Ferrer (ESP x8) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-4

John Isner (USA x13) bt Roger Federer (SUI x3) 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5)

Richard Gasquet (FRA x10) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x6) 7-6 (7/3), 4-1 - retired

Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt David Goffin (BEL x16) 6-1, 6-0

Source: Sport24

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