Nadal Pushes Into China Open Quarterfinals

Watch as Rafael Nadal greets the smiling ball kids of the 2017 China Open in Beijing. Video China Open

"Speaking about the win, Nadal said: "[I am] happy about the match.

John Isner, the number six seed, also pulled off a routine 6-2 6-3 victory over Tunisian qualifier Malek Jaziri, although two of the American's unseeded compatriots bowed out.

The Spanish tennis maestro, who is bidding to win his second China Open title, remained dominant throughout the match as he eased past Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 in a one-sided men's singles second round that lasted nearly one and a half hour. Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner; he's playing unbelievably well.

Nadal needed all his experience to keep Pouille at bay in the decider and the match looked to be heading for another tiebreak before he pounced to break Pouille's serve for the first time to go 6-5 up. The German will play Andrey Rublev in the next round, who defeated seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych 1-6 6-4 6-1.

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In the women's, a heavyweight clash pitched two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova against Denmark's former number one Caroline Wozniacki.

The 27-year-old Romanian Sorana Cirstea upset the fourth seed Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 6-1, 7-5, also making it into the last eight.

Jelena Ostapenko will be her rival in the quarter-finals after her opponent Peng Shuai was forced to retire with a knee injury just 11 minutes into their match.

World No. 1 Garbine Muguruza and reigning champion Agnieszka Radwanska are both out, leaving world No. 2 Halep as the favourite. The Spaniard is coming off a big win in the US Open and he is full of confidence playing on the hard court like he will be in this game.

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