Rafael Nadal accelerated into the quarterfinals of the Madrid tournament with a convincing victory over promising Australian Alexei Popyrin, coming from the qualifying round, which he beat 6-3, 6-3 without excessive setbacks.
The Spanish added his seventh victory in a row. At five o'clock the Count of Godó added the two recent ones from the Caja Mágica. In front of Carlos Alcaraz and he is against Popyrin
The tennis player from Sydney, 21 years and 196 centimeters, stalled in the eighth in his debut in the Madrid tournament. He made it through the qualifying round and then beat German Jan Lennard Struff. More meritorious was his victory in the second stage against the Italian Jannik Sinner, one of the players of the moment on the circuit and fourteenth favorite in Madrid.
The Australian, progressed until he ran into Nadal. The Spanish is at a high level in the Caja Mágica and gave no option to a rival who has released his record this year with the conquest of the Singapore tournament.
He did not give Popyrin with his discontinuous success with the serve or the strength of his right, virtues almost always neutralized by Nadal, who soon put each of the sets on track with the same solidity that he already showed against Carlos Alcaraz in his premiere.
The Spanish was 4-1 in the first quarter. The Australian had a glimmer of reaction when he broke Nadal's serve and shortened to 4-3, but the five-time winner in Madrid squeezed and won the set 6-3 in 43 minutes.
The world number two, raised to five consecutive games scored that led to a significant income also in the second set. A 3-0 that was decisive and that led Popyrin, resigned, to assume the situation in his debut on the center court of the Caja Mágica.
Rafael Nadal closed the victory by a double 6-3 in eighty minutes to place himself among the eight best in the competition. The Spanish will face in the quarterfinals the winner of the duel between the British Daniel Evans and the German Alexander Zverev, fifth seed.