Rafael Nadal beats Maximilian Marterer to ease into French Open quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal beats Maximilian Marterer to ease into French Open quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal beats Maximilian Marterer to ease into French Open quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal overcame an early wobble to breeze into the quarter-finals of the French Open with a 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-4) win over Germany's Maximilian Marterer.

Facing the left-hander for the first time, it took Nadal 11 minutes to get on the board, by which time he had gone 2-0 down having been broken in the opening game of the match, with Marterer showing no early nerves in his first Grand Slam fourth-round appearance. But it did not take Nadal long to figure out his opponent, reeling off four straight games en route to an inevitable one-set lead.

Argentine Diego Schwartzman produced a remarkable fightback from two sets and a break down to beat Kevin Anderson 1-6 2-6 7-5 7-6 (0) 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the French Open for the first time in his career on Monday.

An off-balance Marterer could only net a forehand to gift the world number one a second break for 5-2 and the German fell two sets behind when a wild return flew well wide.


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.

But after breaking back and forcing a tiebreaker, Nadal regained control to post his 900th tour-level win and progress to a last-eight meeting with Argentina's 11th seed Diego Schwartzman.

Anderson was looking to become the first South African man to make the last eight in Paris since Cliff Drysdale 51 years ago.

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