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Nadal devours Kachanov before a barrage of missiles

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Nadal devours Kachanov before a barrage of missiles

Sweep Russian for a double 6-3 in an hour and a half of a comfortable match

He will play in quarterfinals of Beijing against American punch John Isner

Karen Kachanov wanted to propose something similar to what Lucas Pouille did in previous round against Rafa Nadal. The two balls of match of which Frenchman ordered against Nadal came as consequence of taking him to limit, to play with everything and for all from first ball. But Russian did not show Gaul's success. His main weapon, yes, was same: a right at speed of light. So re came similarities with first round encounter. Nadal dispatched a comfortable match in Beijing's 500 ATP and qualified for quarterfinals thanks to a double 6-3 in an hour and a half meeting. Now American John Isneris waiting for him, who beat Leo Mayer. A rain of cannon awaits best tennis player in world, who has defeated giant Isner in six previous clashes.

The pupil of Spanish Gallic white still looks for his place in ATP circuit. Trained in Barcelona by former tennis player, it is already 41 º of world with 21 years and one of outstanding members of new generation of players. The duel against best seemed to reach him still too soon. Victim of his unforced mistakes, 35 with only 15 winning hits, was up by his rival. It happened to him in past Wimbledon. The Majorcan, for its part, showed a great version. The game was decanted at beginning of both sets, and re was pure steel. He overcame predicament in each sleeve with a breathtaking ease and reacted by breaking Kachanov instantly. No cracks.

This time, Nadal got opposite to play almost always by staying alive and not for disturbing him, as Pouille did. Only in first game had to face difficulty of a 0-40. Saved predicament, it was all on wheels. Several errors of Muscovite, joined to pressure of Balearic, led him to lose his sack in fourth game. The number one maintained that advantage until end of set, a margin that could extend several times to definitive 6-3.

Authoritarian up on net

The story was repeated in second sleeve. But most surprising thing was how Spanish solved three options of break that was worked again Kachanov at beginning. He did it by ending up in net, authoritarian where he doesn't usually peek. It was again next to tape where he managed to break pull on contrary in next game. Without solutions, Russian again lost service before defeat.

Now, Nadal is expected second player in history of tennis that more direct kicks achieves per game, an average of more than 17. Only Ivo Karlovic, above 19, exceeds numbers of Isner. One more test as you approach last rounds at this start of Asian Tour.

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