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Rafael Nadal beats Nick Kyrgios, enters Madrid Open tennis quarters

Rafael Nadal made short work of Nick Kyrgios as he entered the quarterfinals of Madrid Open tennis.

tennis Updated: May 12, 2017 13:52 IST
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Rafael Nadal in action against Nick Kyrgios at the Madrid Open.(AFP)

Rafael Nadal delighted the home crowd by making light work of his third-round Madrid Open tennis match against Nick Kyrgios on Thursday, winning 6-3, 6-1.

What looked set to be a mouth-watering clash between two in-form players failed to live up to the hype, with Rafael Nadal’s dominantdisplay making for a one-sided encounter.

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It was a familiar story for Nick Kyrgios, though, who seemed to lose motivation and desire when the first set started to get away from him and the 14-time major winner took full advantage to set up a quarter-final with David Goffin.

The controversial Australian did show some early fight, however. After being broken in game four when Rafael Nadal’s return clipped the net and bounced in, he hit straight back with a forehand winner.

However, a double-fault saw the world number 20 hand the initiative straight back to the Spaniard and there was no return from that point.

A nice backhand down the line ensuredKyrgios saved a second set point,but Nadal served out the opener to love, and his opponent was visibly deflated.

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The fourthseed won the opening four games of the second and completely outclassed the Australian, who did well to avoid a bagel with a hold in game five.

First Published: May 12, 2017 11:13 IST