Rafael Nadal continues to move along in the 2016 Italian Open, looking for his eighth championship in Rome. The world’s No.5 ranked player moved onto the quarterfinals Thursday, likely setting up a match with the best player in the sport.
Getting a measure of revenge from his upset loss at Wimbledon two years ago, Nadal knocked off Nick Kyrgios in the third round. Kyrgios won a competitive first set, but Nadal came back to win the next two, getting a 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4 victory.
The match lasted nearly three hours, as Nadal rallied to win another match on his favorite surface. If Novak Djokovic can beat Thomaz Bellucci later in the day, it will set up another match between Nadal and Djokovic.
Djokovic holds a 25-23 career edge of Nadal, winning their last six meetings. Djokovic eliminated Nadal from the semifinals at Indian Wells in March.