Nadal into Beijing quarters, Berdych boosts London hopes

Thu Oct 2, 2014 10:16am EDT
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BEIJING (Reuters) - World number two Rafa Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first tournament in 13 weeks, on Thursday but conceded his quest to regain his lost rhythm continues.

The Spaniard, returning from a wrist injury, beat qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 45 minutes to set up a last eight clash with Martin Klizan at the ATP 500 event.

"In general I need to improve," said Nadal who won 85 per cent of his first service points against his German opponent.

"It's obvious. My serve worked well today. But in general I need more rhythm on the legs, more rhythm on the shots.

"I am playing okay, trying to not miss a lot, trying to play with not too many risks. That's what I did today. It's the only way to have matches, only way to have rhythm," he said.

"Coming back in this part of the season is completely different than if I am coming back on clay. I would be able to be in rhythm a little bit faster, a little bit easier...

"For me this last part of the season obviously is important. Every tournament is important for me. At the same time I want to finish with a better feeling possible to start the new season with good tennis," he added.

Slovak Klizan was leading 6-2 3-0 when seventh seed Ernests Gulbis retired due to a shoulder injury.

Third seed Tomas Berdych moved up a place to seventh in the race to the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London after his 6-3 6-4 victory against wildcard Viktor Troicki despite a poor serving display.   Continued...

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning a point  during his men's singles match against Peter Gojowczyk of Germany at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic