Monday, March 26, 2012

Rafa crushes Stepanek to reach Miami 4th round

Rafa crushes Stepanek to reach Miami 4th round

Rafael Nadal easily beat Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open, where he will play Kei Nishikori.

The former world number 1 faced only two break points, which he saved, and broke Stepanek twice in each set to win.

“I’m just happy to be in the fourth round, winning two matches with a positive feeling and with comfortable results,” Nadal said. “I’ll just try to keep doing well and try to keep improving my level a little bit.”

“He's a fantastic player and it will be a very difficult match for me,” said Nadal. “He has a big talent to hit the ball very early, to play very aggressive. So he will be a really tough opponent.”

Nishikori booked his place in the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Lukas Rosol. He won 78 per cent of his service points to advance past Rosol in 69 minutes.

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