Rafael Nadal moved another step closer towards recovering the No. 1 spot in the world rankings with a win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the China Open.
Close to No. 1
The British number one, ranked 38th worldwide, beat the German on the hard courts at the National Tennis Center in Beijing to set up a quarter-final against Italy’s opponent Fabio Fognini.
The 27-year-old Spaniard will replace Novak Djokovic as number one if he reaches the final of the $2 million competition.
Nadal has won 10 titles this year, including the US and French Opens, after coming back from his latest spell on the sidelines to allow his injured knees time to heal.
He is now aiming to extend that brilliant run in Asia.
A brilliant game
The Spaniard beat Kohlschreiber on his way to victory at the US Open, but was taken to four sets, and the German tested him again in China’s tournament.
“Today the serve, in my opinion, helped in the important moments,” Nadal said. “I won because I played a great match. If not, I would not be here with a victory.”