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Tennis: Inconsistent Nadal overpowers Nieminen in Madrid

Published on May 9, 2014 12:56 AM

MADRID (REUTERS)- Champion Rafa Nadal showed glimpses of his best form and some rustiness as he beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-1 6-4 on Thursday to advance to the Madrid Open quarter-finals.

The Spanish world number one is used to rolling over opponents on clay but this year he lost in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona to dent his confidence ahead of his bid for a ninth French Open title.

The three-times champion started well and swept Nieminen aside in the first set with his powerful passing shots.

Nadal led 3-0 in the second set before Finn Nieminen, the world number 57, broke back and had break points in Nadal's next service game which he failed to take.

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