Rafael Nadal made a late comeback from the brink of defeat against South African Kevin Anderson in the Paris Masters on Thursday, 5 November to secure a quarter final berth by beating him 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.
Nadal saved a match point against his big serving opponent in the second set tiebreaker, against whom he has won his previous two encounters in straight sets.
The match was a good demonstration of Nadal's recently improved mental strength, as he claimed the must-win point when serving 5-6 down in the tiebreaker. The 29 year old who admitted to lacking confidence earlier in the year then tied the match at a set a piece two points later.
Nadal will take on fourth seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka next in the quarterfinal. Wawrinka beat Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-4, 7-5 in his last match. The Spaniard will hope to reach the final of this event for the first time since 2007.