Source: China State Council Information Office
Top seed Rafael Nadal continued his pursuit of a maiden Paris Masters trophy with a 6-1, 7-6(3) third-round win against Australian Jordan Thompson on Thursday, while fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev held the test from local unseeded Adrian Mannarino to progress after a three-set tough battle.
The win for Nadal came one day after he became the fourth men’s player in Open Era to reach 1,000 Tour-level wins on Wednesday. The Spaniard has won 86 career titles, including 35 in Masters event, only one behind record-holder Novak Djokovic. He lost his only final at the Bercy Arena 13 years ago against Argentine David Pablo Nalbandian.
“I think I played a good first set. A lot of good shots, good winners, serving well. And then in the second, I was not able to find a way to get the break,” said Nadal.
The world No.2 had to save a set point on his serve at 5-6 in the second set, winning a challenging 26-shot rally with his forehand.
“I think he increased a lot of level in the second set. He played well, so I give credit to him,” Nadal said.
This was only the first head-to-head meeting for Nadal against Thompson. Next for the 20-time Grand Slam winner is his Spanish compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, against whom Nadal holds a 6-0 lead in previous meetings.
Fourth seed Zverev needed three hours to beat Mannarino 7-6(11), 6-7(7), 6-4 to set a quarterfinal clash against three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka as the Swiss veteran rallied to beat fifth seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Another Russian player Daniil Medvedev, seeded third, came from one set down the beat 16th seed Alex de Minaur of Australia 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 to advance into the last eight.
The big server will next play Diego Schwartzman, who eased past qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1, 6-1 to seek an ATP Finals debut.