Rafa thumps listless Kyrgios in one-sided match
TENNIS: Rafael Nadal has given controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios a lesson in clay at the Madrid Open.
Nine-time French Open champion Nadal broke the Aussie's serve five times to win 6-3 6-1 in just 72 minutes.
Kyrgios seemed flat from the start, and never really got himself into the match.
"I wasn't expecting myself to play well this week at all," said Kyrgios, who had to pull out of last week's Estoril Open to attend his grandfather's funeral.
"I didn't feel too good before the tournament on the court. Wasn't playing well. I won a couple rounds and lost to Rafa.
"I'm relatively happy with my first week on clay. But he played well tonight. He was by far the better player."
Nadal will face David Goffin in the quarter-finals after the Belgian beat fifth seed Milos Raonic 6-4 6-2.
The Australian got off to a good start, but once his nerves were broken, it was easy enough for the Spaniard to close the game out comfortably.
"I beat a difficult opponent and am happy to be in the quarter-finals," Nadal said.
Krygios appeared to lose interest when the first set got away from him at 2-3 and Nadal took full advantage.
The Australian won only two more games.
"I still don't know what I want to do," Kyrgios said afterwards.
He did show some early fight, but a double fault in the fifth game saw the world No.20 hand the initiative straight back to the Spaniard and there was no return.