Rafael Nadal has qualified for the Madrid Open quarter finals after dispatching Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2.
The world number five has been in good form off-recent, winning in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and is currently on a 12-game winning streak. That run is unlikely to come to a halt against Portugal’s Joao Sousa, who has done well to reach a first-ever Masters quarter-final but won only one game in his only previous meeting with the Spaniard. Nadal is expected to come through comfortably.”It was a tough start,’ Nadal said. “He was hitting every ball hard and was being successful. I couldn’t get to the ball. It took me a while to get into a rhythm”.
Sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori also reached the quarter-finals by defeating 10th-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-5, while eighth-seeded Tomas Berdych beat ninth-seeded David Ferrer 7-6 (8), 7-5. Australian Nick Kyrgios beat Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 behind 14 aces.
Djokovic looked back to his best as he pummeled Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-2, 6-1 for his 30th win of the season, the most on tour.Djokovic and Milos Raonic will now meet in the final match of the day on the main stadium court and it could be a cracker, despite the one-sided nature of their head-to-head – the world number one has won all six previous meetings, including a 6-2 6-0 success at the Indian Wells final earlier this year.Raonic was struck by injury in that match and when he hasn’t been sidelined, the Canadian’s form has been as good as anyone this year. He is up to number 10 in the latest world rankings, claiming one title – the Brisbane International – to go with his runs to the semi-final of the Australian Open and the Indian Wells final.