Rafael Nadal beats Pablo Carreño Busta to reach quarter-finals of Rio Open [PHOTOS]

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the Rio Open on Thursday, defeating Pablo Carreño Busta 7-5, 6-3. Next up for Rafa is sixth seed Pablo Cuevas, who beat Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes.

Rafael Nadal: “Tough conditions, a difficult, young opponent and I’m just content to be in the quarterfinals. For me every victory is important, and even more so on clay.” (via AP)


  1. Congrats Rafa for the win again. So glad that you are beginning to regain your form steadily, more matches will boost your confidence and up your level, so please stay healthy to compete at the level you want. It is heart breaking to see you injured as your happiness is my happines. Vamos Rafa!

  2. The Brazilian reporter congratulated Rafa in Portuguese at the end of the interview. I think he didnt quite get that as he congratulated her back 🙂 Super cute.

  3. you are getting match tough again little by little, the right path and right time…you can do this….you are the best of the best!!

  4. Love your website because you always have such great Rafa pics right after the match! Thanks so much! Good win today…Rafa is finding his game and it’s coming together for him! So we “Vamos on” for Rafa!

  5. Love your website! You always have such great Rafa pics right after a match! Thanks so much! 🙂 Great win today for Rafa…his game is coming together! Vamos on!

  6. Way past my bedtime and have to be up at 6,39am, thank you Rafa for closing out the match in two sets. Tough match but he came through. Every match will improve his his game. Vamos rafsaaaaaa

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