Rafael Nadal continues to expand his streak. Facing the always dangerous Reilly Opelka, the Spaniard won in 2:11 thanks to two well-controlled decisive games (7-6, 7-6) and has an 18th consecutive victory since the start of the season. The fourth player in the world delivered a good overall performance despite a slump in the middle of the second set. Here he is gaining momentum before facing Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

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Where will Nadal stop in 2022? Opposed to Opelka who had disgusted Denis Shapovalov in the previous round with services that went back to 2m30 after rebound, the Spaniard never got frustrated. And has, little by little, taken the measure of the opposing service. Even with an average of 210 km/h and peaks at 236 km/h, the American giant very often saw the ball return to the court. Nadal is one of the best returners on the circuit, he has proven it again.

By constantly having Opelka play behind his face-off, he ended up cracking him. Especially during the first tie-break where, 4-3 to his disadvantage, the 17th player in the world sent two consecutive forehands into the net. A last backhand fault and Nadal took the lead after 54 minutes of play (7-6). A logical end to this first act where the Spaniard was the only one to get a break point perfectly saved by Opelka at 3-3.

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