Rafael Nadal reaches last eight of the Rio Open

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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.

Wasn't easy

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."

Ready to win? 

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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