Madrid Open Tennis Tournament

CNC reporting from Madrid
Added On May 10, 2013

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal moved into the last 16 of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over France's Benoit Paire.

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Nadal had to work reasonably hard for his win, but will probably face stiffer tests if he is to add to the two titles he won in Madrid in 2005 and 2011.

Nadal and Paire had met recently in Barcelona. Paire had made Nadal work hard before losing in two sets and as the pair began by holding their first two respective serves a repeat looked as if it could be on the cards.
  
However, Nadal got a service break in the sixth game after a magnificent return from a Paire smash to move into a 4-2 lead, although he was forced to defend his own serve in the next game.

Although the game went to deuce on several occasions, Paire was unable to force a break point and Nadal moved 5-3 ahead, before serving to take the set.
  
The second set followed a similar pattern with Paire able to match Nadal until the ninth game, where the Spaniard took the decisive break.
  
It seemd for a moment that he may let his advantage slip when Paire won the first two points of the tenth game, but Nadal won the next four to take the set 6-4 and secure victory in one hour and 27 minutes.

Number 6 seed, Tomas Berdych came through a tough game to book a place in the last 16 with a 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 victory Jerzy Janowicz. Berdych kept his nerve at key points in the game and was able to save eight out of nine break points against him.
  
Number 14 seed Kei Nishikori also progressed with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Viktor Troicki.

Number 13 seed Tommy Haas, took a 6-3, 7-5 against Spain's Tommy Robredo, who had been leading in the second set, but was unable to compete with Haas' power. 
  
In the women's tournament, Victoria Azarenka, the number three seed and the beaten finalist in 2011 and 2012 was the victim of a surprise defeat to Ekaterina Makarova, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.