Rafael Nadal extended his career match win count to 1,001 while adding a fresh name onto his massive victim’s list on Thursday as he reached the Paris Masters quarter-finals.
The top seed with 13 titles across town at Roland Garros had never played Jordan Thompson, but his 6-1, 7-6(3) defeat made the No. 61 the 286th different player to lose to the powerful Spaniard on the Tour.
Nadal is seeking his first trophy at the Bercy indoor event and moved into his eighth quarter-final here in 93 minutes after saving a set point.
“Positive thing, I think I only faced one break point with my serve during the whole match but was a set point, and a tough one,” he said.
“I found a way. In the tiebreak saved a couple of break points. I’m in the , quarter-finals, that’s the most important thing for me. I’m happy.”
Nadal will clash on Friday at the spectator-free tournament under COVID-19 lockdown with countryman Pablo Carreno Busta.
“It’s normal to face a tough opponent in the quarters of a Masters 1000,” Nadal said.
“I need to be ready to play my best against an opponent that I know he’s playing well and with confidence.
“I hope to be ready to play my game and really read well, because that’s what I’m gonna need.”
Victory for Nadal – the 34-year-old stands 6-0 going in – would wipe out Carrreno Busta’s long-odds chances of reaching the last place in the eight-man ATP Finals in London from November 15.
The challenger reached the last eight with a 7-5,6-2 defeat of Slovak Norbert Gombos.
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