Nadal Records 60th Win Of Year!!!!
by ATP Staff
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal recorded his 60th win of a remarkable year on Thursday, when he defeated Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-4 in 72 minutes for a place in the PTT Thailand Open quarter-finals.
Nadal, who arrived in Bangkok 10 days ago, dropped just eight points on serve and converted three of five break point opportunities. He has a 60-7 match record on the season.
The 24-year-old Spaniard locked up ATP World Tour Champion honours for the second time in three years after capturing his first US Open title (d. Djokovic) on 13 September. He became the seventh man in the history of the sport to complete a career Grand Slam and the youngest to accomplish the feat in the Open Era (since 1968).
"It's never easy in a first match," said Nadal. "I had a few days rest after the US Open but I think I am playing well. I'm happy with my match. Bemelmans played well during some moments and the second set for sure was not easy. It's important to start with a win.
Nadal, who met Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva after the match, said, "It was an honour for me to meet the Prime Minister and I would just like to thank him for coming to watch the match."
Nadal will next play Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, who served 17 aces in a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over Olivier Rochus - his second consecutive three-set victory.