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Rafa Nadal eases into quarter-finals with straight-sets win over Maximilian Marterer

Nadal eases into quarter-finals with straight-sets win over Marterer
By Paul Hassall via Reuters

04/06/2018 at 13:41Updated 04/06/2018 at 15:49

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal made it into the quarter-finals of the French Open as he continues his quest for an 11th title at Roland Garros, beating Maximilian Marterer 6-3 6-2 7-6.

The Spaniard continued his birthday celebrations by moving into the French Open quarter-finals on Monday, beating a determined Marterer.

Nadal, who turned 32 on Sunday, fired 39 winners as he completed the victory in two hours and 30 minutes.

Video - Highlights: Nadal cruises past Marterer

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After roaring to a two-set lead, Nadal faced a stern test in the third with Marterer leading 3-1 at one point after breaking the Spaniard.

The German battled for every point in a bid to drag himself back into the contest.

Video - Nadal 'very happy' with win through to quarters

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Nadal, however, maintained composure in the decisive moments of the match to seal victory on his second match point as Marterer's backhand went long.

As a result of the win, he has set up a match with Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who beat Kevin Anderson in five sets.

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