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Roland Garros 2018, Men's Singles, Pre-quarterfinals: Rafael Nadal vs Maximilian Marterer, Live Match Updates

Nadal def Marterer 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4) to enter quarter-finals
Updated: 04 June 2018 19:18 IST - Published: 04 June 2018 14:53 IST
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That was a very good fight in the third set from the German youngster. But Rafa was simply better on the key points, just as expected from a champion of his stature.
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Final score: Nadal def Marterer 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4) to enter quarter-finals
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That was Nadal's 900th match win and he is through to the quarter-finals!
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Marterer's backhand goes long and Rafa Nadal WINS!!!!!
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He is still on serve
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Now Rafa's forehand goes out!

6-4
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The German's forehand return goes long.

3 match points for the top seed!
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Marterer comes up with big forehands to make it 3-5
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A wild forehand from the German sends Rafa up to 5-2
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Nadal consolidates the mini break.

4-2
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Finally, minibreak for Rafa!

3-2

Rafa has turned up the heat now
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2-2

Still evenly poised.
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We are into a tiebreak now.


And it's 1-1
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And Marterer holds his serve.

6-5


Rafa will now serve to force a tiebreak.
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The German produced a big crosscourt forehand winner.

Game point
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It's 30-30 on the Marterer serve at present.

Slight opening for Rafa?
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After a wild forehand return from Marterer, Rafa holds his serve to 15.

It's 5-5
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Rafa took a couple of points on the German's serve but the youngster manages to find a way to hold his serve.
Up 5-4 now
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Can the German now serve successfully or will Nadal get a break?
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It's 4-4
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Rafa got another time violation on a second serve. But it can't deter him.

40-0 up on his serve.
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And the German makes the most of it!

He holds his serve and goes up to 4-3
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Nadal had a break point on the Marterer serve but slicing the ball at a bad time robs him of the opportunity to break.

Deuce
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Rafa gets a time violation but it can't derail the 10-time champion.

It's 3-3
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Rafa came up with a dropshot on game point at 40-15.

The German.answers it back with a running forehand down the line.
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And the German couldn't consolidate that break. Nadal upped the intensity on the returns and the German.failed to find the precision required to stave off the Rafa challenge.

Rafa BREAKS and will serve at 2-3
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And Rafa is BROKEN after yet another Rafa forehand fails!

Marterer 3-1
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He saves one, but there's still one more break point
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Rafa now faces a couple of break points after his forehands misfired.
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Marterer held his serve but Rafa is having a bit of trouble on his own serve now.

0-30
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Nadal holds his serve, despite some stunning returns from the German

1-1
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Yes, he does!

Marterer will get at least a little bit of confidence from that hold.

1-0
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Marterer has a game point now.

Can he hold?
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And Rafa puts his forehand into the net on break point.
 
Deuce again
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A lot of pressure on the Marterer serve.

Rafa's deep returns are making life difficult for the German.

Deuce


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Rafa is now up two sets to  love.

6-3, 6-2
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No hiccup from the top seed!


He takes the second set 6-2.
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Rafa will serve for the second set at 5-2.
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But he still fails to save the game. Rafa converts the third break point to go up to 5-2.
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The German saves a couple of break points.
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Rafa's depth of shot has been hurting the German.


Rafa has three break points.
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But he can't prevent Nadal from going up to 4-2
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Marterer makes a dash to the net and wins the point with a backhand volley.
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Buttery smooth service game from the Spaniard!

30-0
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Rafa had another break point but a missed forehand didn't help him.

Marterer made good use of a second chance and held his serve.

He now trails 2-3
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The German saves it in style.

Deuce
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And, now, he is putting extra pace and power on his opponent's serve.

Has a break point.
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Nadal simply continues to make smooth progress through his service games.

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