The world number two and first seed in the Parisian event jumped overwhelming with an intractable 6-1. Aggressive, very on the track, reading the opponent’s serve well and looking for the level that he went to look for in Paris, prelude to the ATP Finals in London.
A Thompson who came from good games reacted in the second set, varied with his serve and endured on his feet until a sudden death in which Nadal celebrated his 1,001 victory in the ATP. Now the Balearic Islands await a Carreño who surpassed (7-5, 6-2) the Slovak Norbert Gombos, still alive to be at that Masters event.
After the serious contact with the hard court against Feliciano, Nadal left a business card difficult to manage for Thompson. The Australian could well fit a 6-0, since the game he added saved the ‘break’ ball. Nadal read him perfectly and played a lot with his forehand, something that is usually defining.
In the second set, Thompson reacted notably despite the review. Nadal barely managed a few points to the rest and even the Australian began to win long exchanges. Thompson’s first break ball came from a set, after a double fault from a Nadal demanded in those rallies.
That lost option undermined the Australian a little more, who began to throw his racket like someone who throws in the towel. Nadal was left with sudden death to break a beautiful second set, which confirms that the world number two is already connected to the asphalt after his conquest of Roland Garros a month ago.
Now, in the quarterfinals, a Carreño awaits him, enjoying a good moment of play this week in Paris, despite the fact that he had to face Gombos. The first set was an exchange of ‘breaks’ that the Spaniard stayed, cutting the breakage frenzy in time. Thus, in the second the Slovakian entered off-center, with a 4-0 against that served the triumph of Carreño.
The Spaniard extends his option to play the ATP Finals for now, although he needs to win the tournament and Diego Schwartzman to lose this Friday. The Argentine eliminated fellow Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich with a tough 6-1, 6-1 for Malaga, and in the quarterfinals he will face Russian Daniil Medvedev.