Bomb scare doesn’t trouble Rafa NadalUnruffled by a bomb scare that locked down the Sony Open late on Tuesday, world No. 1 Rafa Nadal brushed past Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-2 to join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the last eight.
Officials announced a suspicious package had been left near the main entrance to the sprawling tennis facility, which was quickly locked down, keeping thousands of spectators from entering or leaving while police investigated.
The all clear was given just before Nadal stepped onto the Crandon Park center court to face Fognini in the final match of the night.
The Spaniard showed no signs of being alarmed by the bomb scare as he completed the win in 62 minutes. Nadal’s great rival Federer was also in cruise control, needing just 49 minutes to dismiss ninth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-1 6-2. Defending champion Murray, playing his first event since splitting with coach Ivan Lendl last week, has looked increasingly comfortable and confident on his own.