Rafael Nadal rolled into the quarter-finals of his home Madrid Masters with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Australian Alexei Popyrin on Thursday.

Spain’s king of clay has run off seven consecutive victories on his surface of choice, starting a week ago in Barcelona where he lifted another title.

Nadal stands 13-2 on the season with losses at the Australian Open and Monte Carlo.

The five-time tournament champion polished his record against Aussies to 10- on clay while dominating 40-0 against qualifiers on the surface. 

Nadal, 36 next month, methodically moved onto his 15th Madrid quarter-final on 80 minutes with his defeat of the 21-year-old. 

“There are a lot of young, good players. that’s normal. I’m excited that at my age I am able to keep playing against all of them. 

“They are good. They are talented. They have a great future, no? For me it is amazing to be where I am with my age competing with them.” 


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