Rafael Nadal Slowly Finding His 'Best Tennis' in Madrid

The world number one Rafael Nadal remained on course to retain his title in Madrid after a comfortable entry into quarters.

updated: May 09, 2014 18:10 IST
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Madrid: Rafael Nadal believes his quarterfinal clash with world number six Tomas Berdych at the Madrid Masters on Friday will be a good indicator as to whether he is finding his best form after two surprising defeats in recent weeks.

The world number one remained on course to retain his title in the Spanish capital with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on Thursday.

Nadal had come into the tournament looking to dispel doubts after suffering shock defeats to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open respectively.

However, he has looked in fine form in Madrid as he has cruised into the last eight for the loss of just six games in beating Nieminen and Juan Monaco in round two.

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