World No.3 Rafael Nadal beat his rival countrymen Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets to set him on his way to the quarter finals of the Rio Open.
The 28-year-old Spaniard, who played on a clay court for the first time in a tournament this season, beat Carreno Busta in straight sets in just over two hours to win 7-5 6-3 and hasn't dropped a set in Brazil.
Carreno Busta made it hard for the 14-time Grand Slam winner and edged 3-2 in the early stages of the match. Nadal then played an aggressive game which saw him eventually see off the 23-year-old with him closing the set by breaking him in the final game.
Nadal told Sky Sports: “I was glad to get the break back when he got to 3-2. At 5-4 I made a couple of mistakes. Then in the second set I was a bit tired from the first to begin with and sought to bring my serve through.
"At 3-2 I tried to get the break and it didn't come off but the next one did. For me every win is important - and especially on clay."
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Nadal has the credentials to go on and win the tournament, while in the next round he will face Argentinian Pablo Cuevas who beat Albert Montanes 6-2 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.
A Grand Slam win would take Nadal’s total to 15 which is an incredible achievement, especially with the Spanish star still having a few more years under his belt.
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