Updated: Thursday, 08 May 2014 23:10 | By Agence France-Presse

Nadal marches into Madrid Masters quarters

World number one Rafael Nadal remained on course to retain his Madrid Masters title with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on Thursday.

Nadal marches into Madrid Masters quarters

Spanish player Rafael Nadal reacts during his men's singles third round tennis match against Finnish player Jarkko Nieminen at the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid on May 8, 2014. Nadal won 6-1, 6-4 - by Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Nadal had come into the tournament looking to dispel doubts after suffering shock defeats to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open respectively.

However, he has looked in fine form in the Spanish capital as he has booked his place in the last eight for the loss of just six games in two matches and will play sixth seed Tomas Berdych in the last eight.

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