Nadal, Murray Move Into Barcelona QFs; Chung Ousts Zverev
by Staff | April 27th, 2017, 6:09 pm
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Tournament favorites Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray both rolled into the quarterfinals of Barcelona on Thursday.

Nadal, who is seeking a 10th Barcelona title, eased past big bomber Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4.

“It wasn’t a day where I took a lot of free points because the court was very heavy. But I was serving well, at a good speed and changing directions well,” said Nadal who never faced a break point. “I had the chance to hit my forehand after my serve and take control of the rallies, so I’m very happy with how I played.”

Nadal was projected to face Alexander Zverev once again, but the German fell the qualifier Hyung Chung 6-1, 6-4. Since winning Montpellier in February, Zverev has gone just 7-6.

“This is my first quarterfinal at the 500 level, so I’m very excited. I tried to be focused on every single point and stay calm. That was the key,” said the 20-year-old Chung. “When I started playing tennis, I wanted to play Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, so I’m very excited about tomorrow.”

The bespectacled Chung has never beaten a Top 20 player before (0-10).

After a Bernard Tomic walkover, Andy Murray finally took the court in Barcelona, and the world No. 1 lived up to his ranking taking out Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4.

“I was happy to play today. It was nice to get through and have another match tomorrow,” said Murray who now leads Lopez 11-0. “I didn’t feel so good at the start, but I played good tennis in some of the important moments today.”

Murray will now meet Monte Carlo semifinalist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas who just beat the Scot last week in Monte Carlo.

“I had never played against him before, so now I’ll be a little more aware of his game,” Murray said. “Obviously last week was a frustrating loss, being up 4-0 in the third set, but I’ll hopefully have learned from it and try to play a little differently this time.”

In other quarterfinal play, Dominic Thiem, a winner over Dan Evans, will face lucky loser Yuichi Sugita and 20-year-old Karen Khachanov impressed with his first Top 10 win over David Goffin to set up a battle with Horacio Zeballos.

Sugita has wins this week over Richard Gasquet and today Pablo Carreno Busta.

FRIDAY BARCELONA SCHEDULE
PISTA RAFA NADAL start 12:30 pm
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [LL] Y. Sugita (JPN)
Not Before 14:00
[1] [WC] A. Murray (GBR) vs [10] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)


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22 Comments for Nadal, Murray Move Into Barcelona QFs; Chung Ousts Zverev

Nits Says:

All top seeds seeds in Nadal’s quarter are gone. So Nadal is almost guaranteed to reach final. He might face Murray or Their or someone else maybe. Let’s see


gonzalowski Says:

Nadal about rainy conditions on clay:
“I always prefer that the ball is more alive, that the ball flies and when I hit the ‘drive’ the ball jumps up”.
“For those who hit so hard and flat, these heavy days have the ability to stick more. You had to try to move him, not to throw two or three balls in a comfortable position. The key was that the opponent had to pull very well to win the games to serve”.
about Chung: “I will have to watch videos of him to get to know him better”


gonzalowski Says:

and about Zverev: “He has all the conditions to be a ‘Top’ player. He likes tennis and the only thing I do not know is if he has humility”.

a little slap, isn’t it

Zverev said this week (about Montecarlo): “I still have that game in my head. I came to Barcelona because I knew I was Nadal and maybe we cross “


J-Kath Says:

Andy is struggling badly against Ramos Again. Goodbye, Andy, told you not to play until you are properly recovered.


RZ Says:

Murray’s stats are terrible today. The only thing keeping him in this match is that he’s converted both of the break points he’s had, while Ramos-Vinolas has had a poor conversion rate.


Daniel Says:

Murray awful on first serve, 43%.
but he was able to break Vinolas when he served for the match, and now at least tiebreak.


Daniel Says:

4-0 tiebreak.

Close it out Murray


RZ Says:

It’s not easy being an Andy Murray fan.


RZ Says:

That was a much needed win for Andy. Hopefully the fight he showed today will pay dividends.


Anto Says:

Nice match.


Daniel Says:

This could be similar to |dubai for him, when he saved MP and won the whole thing. Vinolas served for the match. LOng way to go to beat Thiem and Nadal. He will have to serve much, much better.


Colin Says:

Andy entered this tournament to get some more time on clay, and he’s got that. His form has been far from great, but he’s still there, and if he meets Rafa it will have been some value that Vinolas is left handed.


RZ Says:

@Daniel – I agree. Andy will have to pick up his game to have a chance against Thiem, who’s been playing better.


J-Kath Says:

RZ & Daniel

The head to head is in Andy’s favour – might be the prick that motivates Andy?


J-Kath Says:

Colin: Jamie Murray is left-handed and Andy has a good reputation against left-handers probably because he’s been used to it.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – that will help, but clay is Thiem’s best surface. Those previous matches were on hard court and indoor, which would favor Andy.


J-Kath Says:

RZ + Other Good Commentators: I do agree with you all. It might be a match too far for Andy. None of us can say he’s playing near his best.

Searching for the positives: Is good with left-handers/better on clay than before (was no walk-over for Novak at FO). But yes, Andy must improve his serve; play with confidence and want it badly. If he’s well enuf to play at his B+ he will win – but sadly the question is – so far he is lacking.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath – thanks for counting me among the Good Commentators. :-)

Regardless of what happens in the match with Thiem, today’s match makes this a good week for Andy all things considered. There’s still time for him to improve on clay and put in a decent showing in Madrdi, Rome, and Paris.

I hope Andy wins tomorrow, but it would also be cool to see Thiem make a masters final.

I’m assuming Rafa won’t have any trouble with Zeballos. However, Zeballos is one of the few people to beat Rafa in a clay final (of course that was Rafa’s first tournament back from a lengthy absence)


J-Kath Says:

RZ: You always try to be fair and honest. PS: With a chuckle – if you’ll forgive me – not always right but never nasty.


RZ Says:

@J-Kath: What do you mean I’m not always right? 🌞😀😜


J-Kath Says:

RZ:

I’m obviously wrong.


J-Kath Says:

RZ: I’m suddenly decided to go for a challenge to all those who think Andy won’t win against Thiem. I’m saying Thiem will loose.

All my crystals will be utilised. You can help – simply close your eyes and concentrate on a glowing red planet and concentrate on the player you most want to win. I know Thiem is popular but my concern is getting Andy back to health.

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