Rafael Nadal continued his quest for a maiden Paris Masters title with a 6-1, 7-6(3) victory against Australian Jordan Thompson to reach the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The 20-time grand slam champion will next face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(3), 6-2.
The World No. 2 saved a set point on his serve at 5-6 in the second set, winning a grueling 26-shot rally in which his final forehand, which elicited a backhand error from Thompson, clipped the baseline. Rafa surged through the ensuing tie-break to emerge victorious after one hour and 33 minutes.
“He started to serve well. I missed a couple of returns I shouldn’t have,” said Rafa. “It was close. I suffered until the end but I found a way to win the tie-break.”