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Nadal through to last 16 in Rome after Almagro injury

  • ontennis
  • 17 May 2017
  • 04:05

Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round on Wednesday as fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro was forced to quit with a left knee injury during their match at the Rome Masters.

Three-time French Open quarterfinalist Almagro – he lost all three to Nadal – was unable to continue after 24 minutes while trailing his compatriot 3-0 in the first set.

It was a 50th win for Nadal in Rome and he is on a hot streak after sweeping the honours on clay at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and last weekend in Madrid.

"I am happy with almost everything, I am playing well. I won a lot of matches this year," said the fourth seed, who next faces either Jack Sock or Jiri Vesely as he builds up to Roland Garros.

"There is always things to improve, but it is not the right time to say I'm not happy with one thing or another.

"I am happy with everything. But always there is the motivation to keep going and to keep improving something."

Nadal though was distressed to see Almagro injured.

"It's difficult to say something because we need to wait a couple of days. It's difficult to see what's going on now just after what happened," he said.

Joining Nadal in the next round was Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, winner over Spain's David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2.

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