Nadal beats Dolgopolov to make quarters

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Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the 10th time in June
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Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the US Open quarter-finals for the first time in four years after beating Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

The Spaniard, 31, won 6-2 6-4 6-1 in just one hour and 41 minutes at Flushing Meadows.

He goes on to face 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev or Belgian ninth seed David Goffin.

“I think I played a solid match,” said Nadal, who won the second of his two titles in 2013.

“Usually I play with not many mistakes. He can play amazing shots but sometimes a little bit unpredictable, so I tried to remain focus on myself.”

Dolgopolov, ranked 64th, had won two of his previous three matches against Nadal, but rarely threatened in New York.

The Spaniard fired 11 forehand winners off his dominant side, while Dolgopolov made 39 errors as his game grew increasingly wayward.

A double fault and a forehand error gave up the first break of serve in game three, and Nadal came through the only testing moment by saving two break points in game six.

A brilliant backhand cross-court winner gave the Spaniard a double break, and soon after the set, before Dolgopolov’s hopes effectively ended midway though the second set.

Two errors gave up the crucial break at 4-4 and Nadal rolled through nine of the last 10 games to complete a comfortable afternoon’s work.

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