Nadal beats Kohlschreiber, Fognini thrashes Hewitt

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Rafael Nadal gets past Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets on Wednesday in Beijing. Next up for Nadal is a quarterfinal date with Fabio Fognini, who destroyed Lleyton Hewitt.

(2) Rafael Nadal d. Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6(3)

Nadal improved to 24-0 on hard courts this season by taking out Kohlschreiber in one hour and 54 minutes during second-round action at the China Open on Wednesday night. Kohlschreiber had extended Nadal to four sets at this summer’s U.S. Open, and the underdog was competitive again in this one. A back-and-forth first set saw Nadal twice give back breaks before his third scalp of the Kohlschreiber serve came at 5-4 to wrap up the opener in style.

Both players took care of their serves throughout the second. Kohlschreiber did not face a single break point and the 25th-ranked German won 16 of 18 first-serve points. Nadal saved three break points to force a…

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