Top seed Rafael Nadal moved one step closer to defending his title at the Japan Open as he eliminated Milos Raonic of Canada 7-5, 6-3.
This is Nadal’s first tournament since helping Spain to reach the Davis Cup final. Raonic came back to the men’s tour after his hip injury that forced him to rest for a few months.
Nadal will now play Santiago Giraldo in the quarterfinal.
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