Nadal was always in control against Khachanov. AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI
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Rafael Nadal said he was braced for the "huge" serve of John Isner after Spain's world No. 1 bulldozed his way into the China Open quarterfinals Thursday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal saw off the young Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to set up a clash with Isner in Beijing.Isner was impressive in blasting his way past Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-3 and Nadal said: "Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner, he's playing unbelievably well.Nadal, 31, the top seed and coming off the back of a third U.S. Open title, saved two match points against Frenchman Lucas Pouille in his opener in Beijing.Cirstea, ranked 44 in the world, stunned the Czech Pliskova 6-1, 7-5 to reach the last eight.
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