Madrid Open | Nadal and Thiem make the last eight; Medvedev exits

Ashleigh Barty avenges Charleston loss to Paula Badosa to achieve yet one more last

Rafael Nadal swept into the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Alexei Popyrin, whereas Ashleigh Barty booked her spot within the girls’s last by ending the run of wildcard Paula Badosa.

Nadal, a five-time champion within the Spanish capital, saved 5 of six break factors in a difficult opening set as he confronted the 76th-ranked Popyrin for the primary time.

A lone break of the Australian’s serve within the second was sufficient for the 20-time Grand Slam winner to seal the match.

Younger and energetic

“I knew he was coming with confidence, he has this power that the younger gamers have,” Nadal, 13 years older, stated of Popyrin.

“From what I may do, it was match, and I’m comfortable to make it to the quarterfinals once more right here.”

US Open champion Dominic Thiem, the Madrid runner-up in 2017 and 2018, additionally reached the final eight after beating Alex de Minaur 7-6(7), 6-4.

World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev exited within the final 16 following a 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-1 defeat by sixteenth seed Cristian Garin of Chile.

Medvedev, a two-time Grand Slam runner-up heads to Rome subsequent. He has by no means gained a match within the Italian capital, and he has did not get previous the primary spherical of the French Open in 4 earlier tries.

Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan progressed to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over in-form Russian Aslan Karatsev.

Barty cruised into the ladies’s last with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Badosa, because the World No. 1 avenged final month’s loss to the Spaniard in Charleston.

Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, is focusing on a fourth title of the yr following wins at Melbourne’s Yarra Valley Traditional, in Miami and on clay in Stuttgart.

The outcomes:

Girls: Semifinals: Ashleigh Barty bt Paula Badosa 6-4, 6-3. Quarterfinals: Aryna Sabalenka bt Elise Mertens 6-1, 4-0 retd.

Males: Pre-quarterfinals: Rafael Nadal bt Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3; Dominic Thiem bt Alex de Minaur 7-6(7), 6-4; Alexander Bublik bt Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 6-3; Cristian Garin bt Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-1.

Second spherical: John Isner bt Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(6); Stefanos Tsitsipas bt Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-2.

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