Rafael Nadal reaches quarter-finals of Wimbledon

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal comfortably overcame Jiri Vesely to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time since he finished runner-up in 2011.

The world No 1 proved a quality act against Czech big-hitter Vesely as he swept to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory on Monday.

The win for Nadal over his fellow left-hander handed him a 35th career Grand Slam quarter-final berth against Juan Martin del Potro, the fifth-seeded Argentine, or unseeded Gilles Simon of France.

Vesely, the world No 93, had never got beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam, and never looked like causing the Spaniard too many problems.

Nadal, who has made the transition from clay to grass look easy, moved immaculately across the court with Vesely unable to cope with his ball striking as he nailed 37 winners while making 12 unforced errors in a one-sided match.

The 32-year-old also successfully reached his fourth straight Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time since he made 11 consecutive major appearances between 2009 and 2012.

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