Nadal, Ferrer advance to quarters

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 05, 2011
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Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic of Canada on Thursday. Nadal, ranked No. 2 in the world, will take on unseeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the final eight. Giraldo beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (4) earlier. ''I was happy with almost everything today,'' Nadal said. ''I was focused with my serves without mistakes. I lost very few points on my serve in the last set.'' In other matches, second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain overwhelmed American Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 6-2, and third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain advanced with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden. Trailing 6-5 and serving at 30-30 in the 12th game of the first set, Raonic double-faulted to hand Nadal set point. The Canadian then hit a forehand long to give the Spaniard the set. In the second set, Nadal broke the big-serving Raonic in the sixth game to go up 4-2, then stayed on serve and closed out the contest in 1 hour, 30 minutes. Nadal, the defending champion, got in 77 percent of his first serves in the victory and Raonic was not able to gain a single break point against the 10-time Grand Slam champion. Raonic's powerful forehand was impressive, but he also committed several unforced errors. ''The top players do a few things better than the others,'' Nadal said. ''The matches are decided by very few points. It is on these points where the top players play better.''
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