Fiji Time: 6:24 PM on Wednesday 22 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Nadal rocks into quarters

Afp
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

PARIS - Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal has stormed into a French Open quarter-final against David Ferrer, with rock star Prince in the stands and King Juan Carlos on his mind.

World number one Nadal celebrated his 28th birthday a day early by brushing aside outclassed Dusan Lajovic, the world 83 from Serbia, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 on Monday.

He was at his ruthless, efficient best against Lajovic, who claimed a paltry 15 points off the champion's serve.

Watched by US rocker Prince, who played a concert in the French capital on Sunday night, Nadal, seeking to become the first man to win five French Opens in a row, needed just 93 minutes to go through to a last-eight showdown with Ferrer.

The two men met in last year's final, where Nadal allowed his 32-year-old Davis Cup teammate just eight games.

Despite his Philippe Chatrier court mauling, Lajovic at least had the consolation of avoiding the worst Roland Garros rout handed out by Nadal.

That unwanted record belongs to Juan Monaco, who won just two games in a fourth-round drubbing in 2012.

"Dusan had a great tournament, he had three good wins," said Nadal, whose record in Paris now stands at 63 wins against just one defeat.

"It's never easy playing on this Philippe Chatrier court for the first time. I controlled the points from the baseline and I am happy to be into another quarterfinal."

Such was the ease of Nadal's latest Paris win that he spent most of his time at his post-match news conference discussing the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Budget overspent
  2. $20m in excess
  3. $11.9m in arrears
  4. Finance scrutiny
  5. Military overspends
  6. No spending ledger maintained
  7. Financial boost for hospital's oncology unit
  8. Poor control of permit database
  9. Anomalies in books
  10. Woman dies, defacto partner in custody

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  3. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  4. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  5. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  6. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)
  7. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  8. Praises for Fiji sevens team after win in Australia Thursday (16 Oct)
  9. 8-room home gutted Friday (17 Oct)
  10. Forgery suspect still in remand Tuesday (21 Oct)