Rafael Nadal beats Jordan Thompson, Alex de Minaur out


Paris: Top seed Rafael Nadal stayed on course for an elusive first title at the Paris Masters after beating Jordan Thompson 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals.

Nadal has won 86 career titles, including 35 in Masters events, but lost his only final at the Bercy Indoor Arena in Paris 13 years ago.

Thompson found his range in the second set, hitting a couple of big winners down the line and forcing a set point with Nadal serving at 6-5. After a decent second serve, Nadal saved it after a long rally.

“He played well, so I give credit to him. He started to change directions very well with the serve, hitting the right spots,” Nadal said. “Then he’s super fast from the baseline, returning some very difficult balls.”