Rafael Nadal continues encouraging form to book meeting with Stan Warwinka

Rafael Nadal produced another encouraging display to defeat Milos Raonic and reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

The Spaniard was a finalist in Beijing last week and declared himself in positive spirits despite a comprehensive loss to Novak Djokovic.

Having come through a final-set tie-break against Ivo Karlovic on Wednesday, Nadal saw off ninth-seeded Canadian Raonic 6-3 7-6 (7/3) in the third round.

After registering his first victory over a top-10 opponent in six attempts, the Spaniard said: “I felt that I was not playing with as much nerves when I am on court. I was able to enjoy the match.”

Rafael Nadal continues encouraging form to book meeting with Stan Warwinka

In the last eight, Nadal will play French Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who needed nearly three hours to defeat Marin Cilic 7-5 6-7 (7/9) 6-4.

Djokovic registered the 70th win of his exceptional season in customary dominant fashion, easing past Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-3.

His quarter-final opponent will be Australian Bernard Tomic, who did not walk off the court until after midnight following an impressive 6-3 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 victory over Richard Gasquet.

Third seed Andy Murray was another player to come through a tough three-setter, the two-time grand slam champion edging a high-quality encounter against John Isner 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-4.

Murray next meets fifth seed Tomas Berdych, a 6-3 6-3 winner over Gilles Simon, while Kevin Anderson will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Anderson, the newest member of the world’s top 10, upset Kei Nishikori in two tie-breaks, with Tsonga ending the run of Roger Federer’s conqueror Albert Ramos-Vinolas – although not without a fight.

Ramos-Vinolas won the opening set but Frenchman Tsonga hit back to triumph 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4.

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