MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal degraded Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to win his 11th uninterrupted compare this year and allege to a third turn of a Madrid Masters.
Nadal pennyless Kuznetsov’s offer once in a initial set and twice in a second to secure a win in his opening compare during a clay-court contest that he has won twice in a final 3 seasons.
The Spaniard had 4 aces and no double faults opposite a 39th-ranked Russian, winning a compare in 1 hour, 18 minutes.
Nadal will subsequent face possibly American Sam Querrey or Frenchman Lucas Pouille, who play their compare on Wednesday.
Nadal hasn’t mislaid given his opening compare during a Miami Open in March. The former No. 1 is entrance off uninterrupted titles during a Monte Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open.
Another win in Madrid this week would concede Nadal to compare his sum array of titles from final year, and boost his certainty even serve streamer into a French Open in 3 weeks. Nadal final won during Roland Garros in 2014.
After struggling final season, a fifth-ranked Spaniard is off to a good start in 2016 and has been personification during a high turn again. He has reached during slightest a semifinals in 6 of a 8 tournaments he has played this year, with a early eliminations entrance during a Australian Open and in Miami.
Nadal dominated on Tuesday by portion intensely well. He indispensable usually 8 second serves a whole match, and mislaid usually 5 points on his first. He strike 22 winners and had usually 9 spontaneous errors during a “Magic Box” core justice in Madrid.
Nadal reached his 40th win during his home Masters. He has won a contest 4 times, including in 2013 and 2014, though mislaid final year’s final to Andy Murray.
The second-ranked Murray will play Radek Stepanek after Tuesday. The 37-year-old Stepanek on Monday became a oldest actor to win a compare during a Masters 1000 contest given Jimmy Connors in 1992.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic debuts on Wednesday opposite possibly clay-court dilettante Nicolas Almagro — a leader during a Estoril Open final weekend — or 19-year-old Croatian Borna Coric, a youngest actor in a tip 40. Coric is famous as a “mini-Djokovic” for carrying a identical personification character as a top-ranked player.
Djokovic and Nadal any have 28 career Masters titles.
Third-ranked Roger Federer withdrew on Monday given of a behind injury.
In other matches Tuesday, former No. 4 in a universe Juan Martin del Potro — now ranked 274th after a array on injuries — had an romantic 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over 14th-seeded Dominic Thiem.
Del Potro strike 10 aces to strech a second turn opposite American Jack Sock, who rallied to better Benoit Paire of France 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) in scarcely dual hours.
“I have only played my best compare given we came behind to tennis after my surgeries,” Del Potro said. “I’ve had a good exam opposite a really high-level player.”
Also, 13th-seeded Gael Monfils cruised past Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-1, while 15th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut kick qualifier Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-5.
In a women’s draw, sixth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania routed Karin Knapp of Itay 6-1, 6-1, while eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro kick Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-3, 6-2.
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