Beijing: Spanish World No.1 Rafael Nadal knocked out Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the quarter-finals of the China Open.Also Read - European Union Wants 'Verifiable Proof' of Tennis Player Peng Shuai's Safety | Tennis News
The 31-year-old broke Khachanov in the fourth game and raced to 4-1 lead to take control of the court in the first set, reports Xinhua news agency. Also Read - WATCH | Rafael Nadal Plays Tennis With 97-Year-Old Man
Nadal, who won his third US Open title last month, maintained his momentum in the second set to seal the victory. Also Read - Stefanos Tsitsipas Posts Image of Him in Hospital With Heavily-Bandaged Arm
“I’m happy about the match today. I think I played a solid match,” said Nadal, who will face American big server John Isner in the quarter-finals on Friday.
“Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner. It’s going to be a big one and big test for me.
“I have to play my best to have my chances. If not, probably I will not have chances tomorrow,” Nadal added.