Rafael Nadal advances to quarterfinals of China Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return shot against Karen Khachanov of Russia during their second round of the men's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their third round of the women's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns a shot against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their third round of the women's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Rafael Nadal of Spain tosses the ball to serve against Karen Khachanov of Russia during their second round of the men's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING — Rafael Nadal earned his season-leading 58th victory on Thursday by beating Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.

The top-ranked Spaniard, who won the French Open and U.S. Open this year, saved all six break points he faced and increased his lead over Roger Federer at the top of the rankings.

Nadal will next face John Isner. The big-serving American defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-3.

"Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner," Nadal said. "John is a very good player from the baseline, too. I saw him today. He played so aggressive, having a lot of success, hitting a lot of winners, returning very well."

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2. The German will next play Andrey Rublev, who defeated seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

In the women's tournament, Jelena Ostapenko advanced after Peng Shuai, the last Chinese player in the competition, retired from the match while trailing 3-0.

Also, third-seeded Sorana Cirstea defeated fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-5, Caroline Garcia beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1, and Petra Kvitova beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4.

People also read these

Nadal, Federer advance to Shanghai final for 38th...

Oct 14, 2017

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will face each for the 38th time after advancing to the Shanghai...

Column: Golf's big-money Asian swing is worth the...

Oct 24, 2017

Column: Too much golf? Not for those who see Asian swing as an opportunity to cash in

PGA Tour signs deal to partner Chinese firm...

Dec 7, 2017

The PGA Tour has signed a deal to partner with Chinese firm Shankai Sports to manage the operations...

Siniakova beats Sharapova to reach Shenzhen Open...

Jan 5, 2018

Defending champion Katerina Siniakova beats Maria Sharapova in Shenzhen Open semifinal to set up...

Verstappen, Hamilton ready tangle again in...

Apr 12, 2018

Get set for Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to tangle again in the Chinese Grand Prix

Sign up now!

Advertisement