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Rafael Nadal cruises into China Open quarterfinal

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Third seed Rafael Nadal sailed into the quarterfinal of the China Open after beating Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-6, 6-3 in the second round.

The Spaniard produced a much more convincing performance than his win over Wu Di a day earlier, holding his serve throughout the match and closed out the victory in 1 hour and 47 minutes.

Both the players were dominant on their serve, as the first set did not feature a single break. Nadal put his foot down in the tiebreaker securing two mini-breaks to claim it 7-3.

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A solitary break of serve was enough for the world number seven in the second set as he sealed the encounter with a comfortable hold of serve to book his place in the last eight.

Nadal only faced a single break point in the match and landed in an impressive 71 percent of his first serves. He will take on the American Jack Sock next who earned his place in the quarterfinals after dispatching Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 6-1.

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“I’m happy for the victory,” said Nadal following the match.

“It’s an important success against a good opponent like Vasek, which is good news for me. Every victory is an opportunity to play another day, one more chance to try to practise the things that I need to.

“Beijing is a very important tournament, a big event and I am going to fight for every ball to try to have the best result possible".

Earlier, Tomas Berdych, who entered the competition at the back of Shenzhen Open triumph, suffered an early exit as he was stunned by 37th seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4.

The Czech player was far from his best as he committed 37 unforced errors and was probably still suffering from the Shenzhen hangover.

“I made one tournament title, the other one didn't go my way,” Berdych assessed.

“(I’m) just going to try to do well in the third one, my last one. It's always a difficult part of the year. We have to travel a lot. The conditions are always very different, very difficult, week by week here in China.

"It's not easy to adjust … It's the same for all of us just ahead of the last and big tournament.”

David Ferrer, however, was as fresh as a daisy following his Malaysia Open win last week, as he was barely tested in a comfortable 7-6, 6-2 win over Lukas Rosol.

The veteran Spaniard trailed 5-3 in the first set, before capturing 10 of the last 13 games to set a date with the Chinese Yen Hsun-Lu in the last eight. Lu had beaten Victor Troicki in straight sets.

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