Rafael Nadal qualified for the round of 16 of the Australian Open at the expense of Briton Cameron Norrie. His next opponent: the Italian Fabio Fognini.
Rafael Nadal was challenged but he dominated the Briton Cameron Norrie (69th) 7-5, 6-2, 7-5, this Saturday in the 3rd round of the Australian Open where he still has not lost a single set. The Spaniard will face for a place in the quarterfinals the Italian Fabio Fognini (17th) who eliminated the Australian Alex de Minaur (23rd) 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
“The whole match was difficult,” said the Spaniard. “I had opportunities (to make the break) at the start of each set, but I did not know how to seize them all. ‘is complicated “. Despite back pain, Nadal had swallowed his opponents in the first two laps in less than two hours. Against Norrie, he fought 2:14, without reporting pain.
Unlike Matteo Berrettini (10th in the world). The Italian, despite abdominal pain, qualified this Saturday by eliminating Russian Karen Khachanov (20th) 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) . The pain appeared in the third set. He was massaged at 4-5 and was able to reach the decisive game by taking advantage of a large number of unforced errors from Khachanov, as if inhibited by the physical condition of his opponent.
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For his first round of 16 in Melbourne, Berrettini, who had never passed the second round in three appearances so far, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas (6th). The Greek stormed the round of 16 at the expense of Swede Mikael Ymer (95th), beaten 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in just over 1h30. In the previous round, he had had to fight for more than four and a half hours to overcome the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Andrey Rublev (8th), striker of Feliciano Lopez (65th) 7-5, 6-2, 6-3, did not drag either and will face the Norwegian Casper Ruud (28th), newcomer at this stage of the competition in Grand Slam. As for Daniil Medvedev (4th), the latter tamed the test of five sets. His first six attempts had ended in as many defeats. This time, against Filip Krajinovic (33rd), the Russian won a game in five sets (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0) after just over three hours of Game.
Everything was not easy for Medvedev who, after a fantastic start (6-3, 6-3), suddenly tensed, only to experience a very painful passage, both in his body and in his head. His repeated insults towards his French coach Gilles Cervara pushed the latter to leave the stands. Then, at 5-2, he had the back of his left thigh massaged. Next opponent: the unexpected American Mackenzie McDonald (192nd).