Nadal and Tsonga cruise into last 16 of Madrid Masters

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Robin Haase extended his record breaking streak of losing tiebreakers to 17 with two more in a defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5) 7-6 (2). Neither player had much on return for most of the set with Tsonga dropping just four points on first serve.  He would save the only break point of the set he faced at 5-5 before having a chance to break himself for the set but it would remain unconverted and go to a tie break. Haase rushed into a 3-0 lead as it looked like the run might end, only for Tsonga to reel off six straight points to earn three set points. Haase would hold both serves and force Tsonga to serve it out, taking the breaker 7-5.

A quick start to the set saw Haase take 8 of the first 10 points on his way to a 2-0 lead but he would be unable to consolidate, immediately dropping serve to love. Tsonga had chances at 2-2 and 5-5 to break, failing to take them but would remain solid on serve to earn a second tiebreak. It would be Tsonga that broke the Haase serve early to go 3-0 up but there would be no let down from the Frenchman who took two more points on the Haase serve on his way to a 7-2 win and a place in the last 16.

A dominant performance from Rafael Nadal saw the Spaniard move into the next round, defeating Benoit Paire 6-3 6-4. Nadal was a constant threat on the Paire serve, getting to deuce in three of the four service games in the first set. However, he would break just the once at 3-2 on the third break point of the game.

The second set would be similar with just the one break deciding the set but Paire would have a break chance midway through the set to make things interesting but could not convert. After being taken to deuce on the previous again by Nadal, Paire wouldn’t manage to hold on when serving at 4-4, allowing Nadal to serve out the match.

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