Nadal to make light work of Carreno Busta
Nadal to make light work of Carreno Busta

Rafael Nadal should have no trouble in disposing of compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarter-finals of the French Open on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old has looked to be back to his imperious best on clay this season, winning three titles on the surface in the build up to this year's tournament in Paris, including a triumph in the Madrid Open less than a month ago.

The nine-time French Open champion has continued his excellent form throughout the ongoing Grand Slam, as he is yet to drop a set in victories against Benoit Paire, Robin Haase, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Indeed, in his most recent match against 17th seed Bautista Agut, Nadal failed to win just five games, winning 69 per cent of his first serve points and a staggering 73 per cent on his second serve.

There seems no logical reason for the 14-time major winner to not maintain that impressive form when he takes to the court against Carreno Busta on Tuesday, as he has won all three of his previous meetings against his fellow Spaniard.

The most recent of those successes came at last year's Rio Open, when he secured a comfortable victory on the clay, prevailing 6-1, 6-4, and another straight sets triumph appears to be on the cards this time around as well.

Nadal is likely to head into the match much fresher than Carreno Busta, as the number 20 seed was taken to five sets by Milos Raonic in the last round, eventually prevailing 8-6 in the decider.

That victory over the number five seed does show Carreno Busta is capable of beating anyone on his day, but to raise his game for the second round in a row, particularly against a player of Nadal's quality and experience, is likely to prove to be a bridge too far.

Nadal will be playing in his 11th French Open quarter-final and he has an impressive record at that stage of the competition, as he has only lost once in the last eight, that defeat coming against Novak Djokovic in 2015.

Carreno Busta, by contrast, will be appearing in his first major quarter-final, indeed the 25-year-old had never made it beyond the third round of one of the big four events until this tournament.

So everything seems to be pointing towards a Nadal victory at n/a, with a triumph for Carreno Busta seeming an unlikely prospect at n/a.

Whoever does end up prevailing from Tuesday’s match will face either world number two Djokovic or sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals, with the final itself scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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