Prime News, International Sports, Tennis, Paris, November 3:- World number one Rafael Nadal overcame a second-set blip to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 victory over Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.
The Spaniard, 31, had sealed the year-end number one spot for a fourth time on Wednesday, but he was made to work hard by an enterprising Cuevas.
Nadal is looking for his maiden title on the Bercy hard courts, which would take him clear of Novak Djokovic with a record 31st Masters triumph.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion will take on world number 77 Filip Krajinovic in the quarters, after the Serb beat Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
“You don’t expect to win easy in big tournaments like these ones,” said Nadal, who had his right knee strapped after the second set.
“It’s normal that at the end of the season after all the things that happened… All the matches I played with high intensity, it’s normal that there are body issues a little bit.
“So it’s nothing strange. Something that’s completely normal and accepted.”
-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)