Rafael Nadal reaches Swiss Indoors quarterfinals

Croatia's Borna Coric cheers after winning his first round match against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)
Keystone,Georgios Kefalas

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Rafael Nadal continued his comeback from injury with a 6-1, 6-1 win against unheralded Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Wednesday to reach the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals.

The second-seeded Spaniard, playing just his third tournament since Wimbledon due to a wrist injury, blasted past Herbert in 57 minutes, breaking the qualifier's serve five times.

Nadal, who struggled with appendicitis earlier this month in Shanghai, was never troubled by the 120th-ranked Herbert, who double-faulted 11 times.

Nadal did save two break points, including when he was serving for the match. He next plays either Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan or 17-year-old Croatian wild card entry Borna Coric on Wednesday. Both won their first-round matches.

Later, top-seeded Roger Federer looks to join Nadal in the last eight when he faces Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

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