Nadal, the sprint: only gives two games to Chardy and Basilashvili

It started and ended like a lightning in Rome, where he had to play two games today because of the rain yesterday. He put 6-0 and 6-1 to the French and 6-1 and 6-0 to the Georgian.

What was going to be a marathon became a sprint. The rain on Wednesday forced Rafa Nadal to play two games in one day and was planted in the quarterfinals, which he will against Fernando Verdasco, in just two hours and nine minutes. He started at 12:35 and in 66 minutes he eliminated Jeremy Chardy (42nd) by 6-0 and 6-1. At 20:43 he was already collecting his gear on his way to the hotel after passing over Nikoloz Basilashvili (18th) by 6-1 and 6-0. A 'rosco' to each and little wear. The ideal outcome

In front of the French Chardy, in the first set, Nadal was unstoppable: 6-0 in 26 minutes. He had three break balls, and all three he converted. This efficiency, together with a great result with his first serves, made any effort of Chardy useless.

In the second set, Nadal got another break to go 3-0 and put the direct again. After nine consecutive games of Spanish, the Frenchman could, with suffering, release his locker, which caused applause in the stands.

Basilashvili contributed after the Spanish had a placid day. He registered 34 unforced errors, for 11 of Nadal, and he never presented a battle.

Nadal: "Verdasco will be confident, has won two fantastic games"

The Spanish Rafa Nadal, which will be measured this Friday with his compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 of Roma, awaits a rival who "will be with confidence "after winning" two fantastic matches "against the Austrian Dominic Thiem and the Russian Karen Khachanov.

" Verdasco is with very good confidence, won two fantastic matches against Thiem, one of the best in the world on this surface, on any surface, and then won this afternoon also to Khachanov. It will be a difficult match, it will be with confidence and I have to play in the best way, "said Nadal to question EFE.

The Mallorcan considered that this Thursday's games were good "test" and was glad to have solved two compromises sos in a short time.

"It was a good test, which has been passed well. I played very well this afternoon (against Basilashvili), it is true that he made mistakes, but I have done good things, I felt good in many ways, "he said.

" What he wanted was to try to win both games , first the first and then the second . Obviously it could have been the way it has been, so much better. Now to rest, we have two long days and I hope to be ready for tomorrow, "he continued.

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