French Open 2014: Rafael Nadal sets up David Ferrer clash
French Open 2014: Rafael Nadal beats Dusan Lajovic to set up a quarter-final clash against David Ferrer
Rafael Nadal expressed his contentment with his form as he continued his quest for a record fifth consecutive French Open title by beating Dusan Lajovic to reach the quarter-finals.
The 27-year-old took only 93 minutes to down the Serb 6-1 6-2 6-1, losing just 33 points.
Nadal will now face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the last eight in a repeat of last year’s final at Roland Garros.
“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Nadal. “I was able to control the points from the baseline, which is important for me.
“It was a positive match for me, obviously. I think I played a great first set. In my opinion, he didn’t play bad in the first set. He played a good set, too.”
Asked about coming up against Ferrer, who beat Nadal in straight sets in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters in April, he continued: “I think that I am a little bit better than when I was playing against him in Monte Carlo, but I think he’s playing great, too.
“He played three weeks in a row very high level. In Madrid he played great, in Rome he played great, and he’s playing great here.
“He’s coming to the match with confidence. It will be a tough one. I know to play against him and to have chances to win I need to play very well.”