Rafael Nadal extended his flawless record on clay this season to 12-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 destruction of Nick Kyrgios in the third round of the Madrid Open.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion dominated Kyrgios to beat the Australian in just over an hour.
“I played really well tonight. Right from the start I made very few errors,” said the Spaniard.
“To win 6-3, 6-1 against an opponent as good as Nick, isn’t normal.”
Nadal had a slice of fortune as a let cord and a Kyrgios double fault handed him the two breaks he needed to take the first set.
However, Kyrgios showed little resistance after being broken once more in the first game of the second set as he was whistled from at the end by Spanish fans unhappy at only seeing Nadal on court for 73 minutes.
And he admitted to having a defeatist attitude from the start.
“I wasn’t expecting to beat him at all tonight, to be honest,” said Kyrgios.
Nadal faces David Goffin in Friday’s quarter-finals after the Belgian beat world number six Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2.