Monday, April 15

Nadal storms into Australian Open quarters


Rafael Nadal stormed into the Australian Open quarter-finals with a straight-set win over Adrian Mannarino as the Spaniard continues his quest for a record-breaking 21st major title.

According to the BBC, the 35-year-old Nadal edged an epic 28-minute first-set tie-break as he eventually converted his seventh set point. Mannarino struggled with injury after the tie-break, as sixth seed Nadal went on to claim a 7-6 (16-14), 6-2, 6-2 win.

Nadal next plays Denis Shapovalov  after he beat third seed Alexander Zverev.

Canadian 14th seed Shapovalov, 22, reached his first Australian Open quarter-final with an impressive 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory over Germany’s Olympic champion.

The exit of the 24-year-old Zverev, a 2020 semi-finalist, leaves Nadal as the highest ranked player remaining in the top half of the men’s singles draw, BBC reported.

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