Defending champ Nadal beats Pella to enter Rogers Cup quarters

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-09 09:39:52|Editor: Liu
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Raphael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during the men's singles third round match between Raphael Nadal of Spain and Guido Pella of Argentina at the 2019 Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada, Aug. 8, 2019. Raphael Nadal won 2-0. (Xinhua/Andrew Soong)

OTTAWA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Top-seeded and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal reached the Rogers Cup quarterfinals in Montreal by beating Guido Pella of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, who won the event last year over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, advanced atop the Masters 1000 wins leaderboard with his 379th win, passing Roger Federer for the all-time lead.

The ATP long-time arch-rivals, together with Australian veteran Jurgen Melzer, were elected to the ATP Player Council, as ATP announced on Thursday. They will begin their roles immediately and serve until the end of their existing terms, which run through the 2020 Wimbledon.

Nadal will meet seventh-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini, who outlasted France's Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5.

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