Rafael Nadal too good for Stan Warinka as he moves into Paris Masters quarter-finals
Rafael Nadal is safely through to the Paris Masters quarter-finals after being just too good for Stan Wawrinka on Thursday.
The 33-year-old was not at his absolute best, but he broke Wawrinka once in each set to ease to a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Nadal will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight after the French veteran saved two match points to beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 2-6 6-4 7-6 (6).
Struff led 6-4 in the decisive tie-break but Tsonga held his nerve and said he would relish his clash with Nadal.
Tsonga told media: “These matches make you improve – when you play the best, it’s beneficial and it’s not important whether you win or lose.”
Grigor Dimitrov produced a superb performance to see off world number five Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-2 and book his place in the last eight.
The Bulgarian did not face a single break point as he dominated the Austrian, setting up a meeting with Chile’s Cristian Garin, who saved three match points before seeing off French qualifier Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4) 6-4 7-6 (6).
Denis Shapovalov beat Alexander Zverev 6-2 5-7 6-2 in a match featuring a remarkable 30 break points – five of which the Canadian converted to reach the quarter-finals.
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