Rafael Nadal smashed through to the semifinals in Beijing defeating Marat Safin 6-3, 6-1.
The one hour and 17 minute affair was dominated by the swift movement of the Spaniard, relentlessly moving his taller opponent around the court.
That is what Nadal had to say about Safin and game :
“He is very good because his style of game is very aggressive, serving very well all the time and hitting the ball very high,” said Nadal.
“I saw him play against Murray in US Open and we saw mistakes so I have to play aggressive, I need to play inside the court and make him feel like if he has to win, he is going to have to play more than two or three good shots. I would like to push him with my forehand.”