‘I don’t feel old,’ says birthday boy Nadal after 900th win

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Nadal edges closer to 11th French Open crown by reaching quarterfinal But it didn’t take Nadal long to figure out his opponent, reeling off four straight games en route to an inevitable one-set lead.The 16-time Grand Slam champion raced through the second set in just 38 minutes, breaking his opponent’s serve twice.But Marterer — who was playing in the main draw for the first time — moved into a 3-1 lead early in the third as he threatened to become the first man to take a set off Nadal at Roland Garros since the Spaniard’s 2015 quarter-final defeat by Djokovic.But the reigning champion quickly hit back before securing a tie-break on his second match point when Marterer fired long, celebrating with a trademark fist pump.David beats GoliathSchwartzman fought back from two sets down to stun Anderson and reach the  quarterfinals for the first time.He was totally outplayed in the first two sets, but twice broke Anderson when the South African was serving for the match to pull off a dramatic win.The 25-year-old, who stands at 5ft 7in (1.7m), said that the story of David and Goliath helped him believe he could down the 6ft 8in (2.03m) Anderson.“Did you read David and Goliath? That’s why. That’s why,” he explained.“I read it when I was young in the school, and I just try to think that when I see Kevin or the guys who have two metres.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? World number seven Anderson, who was looking to become the first South African man to make the last eight in Paris since Cliff Drysdale 51 years ago, has now lost in the fourth round at Roland Garros on four occasions.Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro brushed aside John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2012.The 29-year-old Argentinian was knocked out in the third round at Roland Garros last year after missing the previous four tournaments in Paris through injury.Del Potro will next face fellow former US Open champion and third seed Marin Cilic who needed five sets to beat fiery Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 on the back of 44 winners.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Nadal powered 39 winners past Marterer, who pushed the Spaniard as hard as he could without ever threatening an upset.He will face Argentinian Diego Schwartzman for a semifinal spot, after the 11th seed staged a thrilling comeback to down sixth seed Kevin Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/0), 6-2.“It’s always good to see him in the quarterfinal because he’s a good friend, a good person. He’s a worker, and I’m happy to see him having all this success. Hopefully not too much (though),” smiled Nadal, who had a brief practice session with Schwartzman last week.The 16-time Grand Slam champion has now won 37 consecutive sets at Roland Garros, just four short of Bjorn Borg’s record set between 1979 and 1981.Nadal was caught cold in the opening stages as some big hitting from Marterer brought him the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his men’s singles fourth round match against Germany’s Maximilian Marterer on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTRafael Nadal said he doesn’t “feel old”, after moving a step closer to an incredible 11th French Open title on Monday by beating German Maximilian Marterer to reach the quarter-finals the day after his 32nd birthday.The world number one’s 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory over the world number 70 was his 900th win at tour level.ADVERTISEMENT It also saw him equal the record of 12 last eight appearances at Roland Garros, which was set by Novak Djokovic the day before.Top seed Nadal, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, is now on his own in third on the all-time list for most match wins at Grand Slam events with 234 victories after passing Jimmy Connors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I don’t feel old. But I am 32, and I have been here since 2003, so it’s a long way, a lot of years,” he said.“I started very young. That’s a real thing. But, no, I feel happy to be here. Being honest, I am enjoying the day by day on the tour and I hope to keep doing this for a while.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img

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