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Nadal Tops Berlocq For QF Test Against London Contender Wawrinka

Shanghai, China

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal celebrates reaching the Shanghai quarter-finals on Thursday.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal was in devastating form Thursday at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Nadal notched his 67th win in 71 matches this season with a 6-1, 7-6(5) victory over Carlos Berlocq for a place in the quarter-finals.  

Nadal produced a masterclass in the first set, striking 19 winners and committing four unforced errors. He won nine of his 11 points at the net.

The second set was more competitive. Nadal missed two break point opportunities at 3-3 and was forced to recover from 3-5 in the tie-break. Berlocq double faulted at 5-5 and Nadal closed out the match in one hour and 50 minutes.

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"[I was] happy the way I played at the end," said Nadal, who wore five shirts due to humid conditions during the match. “I think I played a fantastic first set. [In] the second [set], I felt a little bit more tired. He had a big opportunity in the tie-break with the 5-2. So I was lucky I played three great points in that moment. Unfortunately for him, he hit a double fault. At the end [it] was close, emotional. [I’m] very happy to be through.

"Berlocq is a great example of player who never gives up, a player who [has] always improved throughout his career,” said Nadal. "[He is a] good guy, [a] good fighter."

Nadal goes on to play Stanislas Wawrinka, who replaced his Swiss compatriot Roger Federer in seventh position in the Emirates ATP Race To London for one of the five remaining singles berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month. 

Wawrinka ended Milos Raonic's fine run of form in two sets. 

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