Rafa Nadal subdued Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-4 in their third round clash at the Australian Open on Friday after dominating the home town’s top-ranked male player.
The second seed overcame an early first set challenge from the Australian, who should have secured a break of serve with the scores locked at 3-3.
Roger Federer has given cold comfort to the next generation of men’s players hoping for Grand Slam glory, saying he, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal are still deserving favorites to claim the game’s biggest trophies.
Nadal won 40 percent of his first serves in the opener as he struggled with the high humidity on Arthur Ashe Stadium court, with Thiem becoming the first player to ‘bagel’ the Spaniard at Flushing Meadows since Andy Roddick 14 years ago.
A fresh-looking Nadal, whose first round match was cut short after his opponent David Ferrer retired with a calf injury, started brightly against the Canadian and never looked back.
World number one, Rafa Nadal, has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters as he adjusts his schedule to retain fitness ahead of his US Open title defence. The 32-year-old Spaniard swept aside Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim his…
That was again the case as he bulldozed past the local favourite 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the French Open last 16 on Saturday.
Rafa Nadal, who has won the tournament 10 times, also reached the last eight after dispatching compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1 6-3 and claiming a record-extending 40th consecutive set on clay.
Nadal breezed through the opener, bringing up set point with a trademark curling forehand before sealing the set with a deft drop shot
The match was postponed after the marathon battle between Rafa Nadal and Gilles Muller ended late on Monday on Court One.
Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old completed “La Decima’’ with the victory
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that former champion Nadal had not reached the last eight in a major since the 2015 French Open