Rafael Nadal reaches Swiss quarters

BASEL, Switzerland -- 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.

Belgium's David Goffin is also through to the quarters after beating Croatia's Ivan Dodig 7-6 (0), 6-4. He next plays either fourth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada or Donald Young of the United States.

Coric, ranked 124th, caused a big first-round upset when he beat sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Although the 13th-ranked Gulbis, this year's French Open semifinalist, had nine aces, he constantly felt the pressure of Coric's excellent return. He faced 14 break points in the match, dropping his serve three times.

Golubev won 6-3, 6-3 against Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia.

Meanwhile, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan had 14 aces as he reached the second round with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, a renowned server who managed only two aces and lost his serve five times.