The Spanish Rafa Nadal achieved this Thursday the qualification for the quarterfinals of the Masters 1,000 in Paris by defeating the australian Jordan Thompson by 6-1 and 7-6 (3) in an hour and 3 minutes, and will be measured for a place in the semifinals against his compatriot Pablo Carreño.
Nadal’s 1,001 victory was more pleasant than the previous, against Feliciano López. If his entry into the tournament was cold, which allowed López to sign up for the first set, Nadal showed that his adaptation to the indoor fast track is now a reality.
As a hurricane passed over the Australian, which had never reached the quarterfinals of a Masters 1,000, and the first manga in just over half an hour. In the second the Australian adjusted his racket, especially with the serve, which he tied tightly without giving Nadal assault options, who did not find a way to destabilize his rival. Their weapons are less valid in the context of the covered pavilion of the Bercy district and their room for maneuver is narrowing.
Thomson, 61 in the world at 26, came to have a set ball, saved masterfully by the Spanish, which seemed to evaporate the hopes of the Australian, who has only with a victory against a rival of the “top 10”, which he achieved in the grass of Queens in 2017 against the Briton Andy Murray, physically handicapped.
Nadal forced the game of tiebreaker and the Australian seemed to lose the thread of a match in which he had managed to counter the weapons of the world number 2, who scored the victory.
Spanish will seek qualify for the semi-finals in this tournament for the fourth time in his career, the same round before which he retired last year due to a physical problem. Your rival will be Carreno, who has won the six matches they have played, without the Spaniard having managed to snatch a set from him.
Will be the third duel between the two this season, in which Nadal won the Australian Open and in the same round of the 1000 Masters in Rome. Carreño arrived at that game after having played the semifinals of the US Open, without time to adapt to the surface and the schedule.
The Asturian, who retains qualifying options for ATP Finals London, is showing a great level in Paris, where he has reached the quarter-finals without problems.