Rafael Nadal extends winning streak to 14 matches

The 31-year-old dispatches Fabio Fognini to reach quarter-finals at Shanghai Masters

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his match against Fabio Fognini at the Shanghai Masters, in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his match against Fabio Fognini at the Shanghai Masters, in Shanghai, China. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

 

Rafael Nadal continued to scythe his way through the Shanghai Masters on Thursday, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-1 thrashing of temperamental Italian Fabio Fognini.

The Spaniard needed two minutes over the hour to dispatch Fognini, taking his winning streak to 14 matches since the start of the US Open, where he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title.

The 31-year-old is closing in on finishing the year as world number one for the first time since 2013, but Roger Federer, the only man who can stop him, is looking equally impressive. Federer delighted his small army of Chinese fans inside the Qi Zhong Centre with an emphatic 6-4 6-2 defeat of tricky Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Fognini was playing the day after being handed a suspended ban from two Grand Slams and a $96,000 (about €81,000) fine for verbally abusing a female umpire at the US Open.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.