Rome: Rafa Nadal produced an “almost perfect” display to beat John Isner and book his spot in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday as Roger Federer overcame a brief lapse before easing past Kevin Anderson.
Fourth seed Nadal, who has struggled to find his best form this season in the wake of the wrist injury and appendicitis issues that undermined him last year, was imperious against the big-serving American and closed out the match 6-4, 6-4.
He did not face a single break point and won 90 percent of his first-service points.
“I was almost perfect,” Nadal told to reporters after the match. “It was a good match, I`m satisfied.”
The Spaniard, who fell to seventh in the rankings after Sunday`s Madrid final defeat to Andy Murray, looked to be back on the path to discovering his best claycourt form.