Djokovic, Nadal advance to quarterfinals at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday.


Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2, saving two break points during the match.

The top-ranked Serb, who is now 8-4 against Verdasco, improved his winning streak against Spaniards to 17 matches, dating back to a 2014 loss to Tommy Robredo.

Djokovic will play eighth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the quarterfinals.

Nadal beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2. The Spaniard saved both break points he faced.

Nadal will next face Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia.

Also, seventh-seeded Jeremy Chardy defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.