(Reuters) Second seed Rafael Nadal survived a late fightback from Adrian Mannarino as he beat the French qualifier 6-1, 7-6(6) on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open during a rain-hit day in Beijing.
The 30-year-old got off to a quick start, winning nine of the first 11 games. However, Mannarino rallied back to force the second set into a tiebreak before Rafa ended the contest on his second match point.
After the match, Rafa said:
I think I played a fantastic first set. Great level of tennis, serving very good, hitting so good. During the second set, I slowed the rhythm a little bit and he played very well.
I think I played with the right amount of determination in the tiebreak. It’s very important for my confidence to pass through these tough moments.
Rafa will face Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Source: Reuters, Video: ATP World Tour