enter the clay monster. is he on fire or what. i think he is on a rampage. god help those who get in his way. 33 winners and just 11 unforced errors. like i said before, he is finally healthy. he was nursing 2 injuries in 2007 when Gonzo got the best of him.
today, Gonzo had no place to hide. he knew he had a major problem at his hands when the warrior king showed up healthy.
this was not a match. it was a clinic.
Nadal, Simon Advance To Quarter-finals
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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals for the third straight year as he beat No. 13 seed Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Monday.
The 22-year-old Spaniard, a semi-finalist in Melbourne last year, was in control throughout the one-hour and 55-minute match. Nadal, who lost to the Chilean in the quarter-finals in Melbourne two years ago, improved his career record to 5-3 over Gonzalez, winning for the fourth straight time. This was their first meeting since Nadal won in straight sets in the gold medal match at the Beijing Olympics last August.
"I am playing well – happy for how I am playing for sure," said Nadal, who has reached the quarter-finals or better in 11 of his last 12 Grand Slam tournament appearances (except 2007 US Open, 4th RD). "Maybe the only thing today I can improve a little bit more, for sure, is the serve. I think I was serving better the last matches."
Nadal will face No. 6 seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon, who advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter-final as he was leading No. 12 seed Gael Monfils 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, before his countryman retired with a right wrist injury.
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Nadal converted six of 13 break points and saved five of seven break points on his serve. The only time he fell behind in the match was when Gonzalez broke for a 2-0 lead in the third set. But Nadal broke in the fifth game and again in the seventh game to secure the victory.
Nadal fired 33 winners and only committed 11 unforced errors compared to the Chilean's 22 winners and 35 errors.
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