Rafael Nadal brushes aside Maximilian Marterer to ease into quarter-finals

04 June 2018 - 15:59 By AFP
Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) is congratulated by Germany's Maximilian Marterer after winning, at the end of their men's singles fourth round match on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018.
Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) is congratulated by Germany's Maximilian Marterer after winning, at the end of their men's singles fourth round match on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018.
Image: Eric FEFERBERG / AFP

Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to an incredible 11th French Open title on Monday by seeing off German Maximilian Marterer in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals.

The world number one's 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory over the world number 70 saw him equal the record of 12 last-eight appearances at Roland Garros, which was set by Novak Djokovic the day before.

It is the 35th time the Spaniard, who turned 32 on Sunday, has made the quarters of a Grand Slam tournament.

Nadal will face Argentinian Diego Schwartzman for a semi-final spot, after the 11th seed staged a thrilling comeback to down sixth seed Kevin Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/0), 6-2.

Top seed Nadal is now on his own in third on the all-time list for most match wins at Grand Slam events with 234 victories.

In the women's sets also on Monday, world number one Simona Halep blazed into the French Open quarter-finals by crushing Belgian Elise Mertens 6-2 6-1 as she showed her full range of weapons on Monday.

Romanian Halep, twice a runner-up at Roland Garros, started slowly but once she found her groove, there was nothing the 16th seed could do to avoid a one-sided defeat.

Saved by fading light the night before, there was no escape for world number two Caroline Wozniacki on Monday as she lost 7-6(5) 6-3 in the French Open fourth round to Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Kasatkina, the 14th seed, led 7-6 3-3 on Sunday when play was called off but any hopes Australian Open champion Wozniacki harboured that her 21-year-old opponent's level would dip on the resumption proved fanciful.


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