Top seed Rafael Nadal was handed an opening night fright by his good friend Feliciano Lopez at the Paris Masters on Wednesday, but he rallied to beat fellow Spaniard 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and claim his 1,000th ATP Tour win. Nadal has won 86 titles in his career, including 35 Masters titles. After a decent second serve, Nadal saved it after a long rally. "It was close. I suffered until the end but I found a way to win the tie-break". "I missed a couple of returns I shouldn't have", Nadal said. "Then he's super fast from the baseline, returning some very hard balls".
"I know it is a very special number, one thousand", Nadal said.
Nadal's most emphatic victory at a Grand Slam came with a 6-0 6-1 6-0 win against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili at the 2017 French Open - the match lasting just 90 minutes. He's playing so well this year.
The momentum was firmly with the 20-time Grand Slam champion, and he clinched a 3-1 third-set lead with a backhand victor.
Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany fought off Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (11), 6-7 (7), 6-4 in a three-hour battle. Rublev won the Erste Bank Open in Vienna last Sunday for a tour-leading fifth title of the season and next plays three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.
"It's going to be a tough one, he's been playing especially well this week", Raonic said.
The 34-year-old Nadal, bidding for a first Paris Masters title, will face Jordan Thompson in the third round after the Australian beat Croatia's Borna Coric 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Ugo Humbert is the last French player in the competition
The big server will next play Diego Schwartzman, who eased past qualifier Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1, 6-1 to seek an ATP Finals debut.
"I enjoy it and just can say thanks to all of them to make this moment a little bit more special". "His results are unbelievable".
Known as the "King of Clay", Nadal gets another opportunity to bolster his curriculum vitae as he is slated to compete at the upcoming ATP Final set to happen at the O2 Arena in London from November 15 to 22.
The 10th-seeded Canadian had 15 aces and did not face a break point.
Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka made the quarter-finals with a comeback 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over in-form Andrey Rublev of Russian Federation.
And in a few months this club could be joined by the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who accumulates 932 victories and he is 68 wins away from joining the "1,000 Club'".
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