Rafael Nadal has advanced to the semifinals of the Mexican Open, after beating Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6, 6-3.
The world number 6 just needed around 2 hours to finish off his Japanese rival in two straight sets on Thursday night.
Nadal overcame a 4-2 deficit in the first set and got out of a love-2 hole in the second set. With the win over Nishioka, the Spanish star ran his Mexican Open winning streak to 13 matches.
Nadal, who is playing in his first tournament since losing to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final, will next play Marin Chilich, who advanced when American Steve Johnson withdrew due to a right ankle injury.