Rafael Nadal passes Sam Querrey test in Madrid

World No. 5 Rafael Nadal came through his toughest test yet of this year’s Madrid Open as the four-time Madrid champion booked his place in the quarter-finals.

Rafa had also dropped six games in his opening match but was made to battle much harder on Thursday for a 6-4, 6-2 win in 69 minutes against American Sam Querrey.

It was his 12th straight win in 2016 (16-2 on clay).

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a tough start. He was hitting every ball hard and was being successful. I couldn’t get to the ball. It took me a while to get into a rhythm.

His last-eight opponent will be Joao Sousa, who beat Jack Sock, 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2 in two hours and 14 minutes.

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  1. I am looking forward to seeing you play at the US Open 2016.
    and that your health is 100% and that you will take the trophy!!!
    Go Rafa!!!!!! a loyal fan. Jeri 🐢
    ps I saw you play in Barcelona in April.
    I was so happy for you that you won!!!!!!!!!!! 🎉 🌻 🌹 🌻 🎉

  2. Rafa drops the second set 4-6 to Sousa.
    They are now in the third set 1 up. This may go to a tie break. Nail biting time fans!
    Sousa upset about his first set bagel.
    C’mon Rafa YOU CAN DO IT!

    RAFA ROCKS!

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