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Rafael Nadal Eases Past Inexperienced Auger-Aliassime To Move Into Madrid Last 16

Rafael Nadal’s experience was enough to see him into the last 16 in Madrid after a comfortable win over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Rafael Nadal eased past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-3 to reach the last 16 in Madrid and set up a clash with Frances Tiafoe. 

 

The five-time champion had too much experience and power for the talented Canadian as he moved into the third round in Madrid.

An erratic forehand cost Auger-Aliassime as he continues his march at the ATP ranking and looks to secure a seeding at Roland Garros next month.

In the next round Nadal will face Frances Tiafoe after the American edged Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 3-6 6-3 to ensure back-to-back victories this week.

Both men looked to gain confidence early on as they were playing each other for the first time. The 18 year-old looked to settle down quickly against one of the all-time greats while Nadal was looking for a fast start after picking up a virus in the last week.

Some early power saw the world number 30 announce himself to Nadal as he looked to dictate from the back of the court, while Nadal used his topspin forehand to good effect.

However one key word that will be associated with today’s match is experience and that just proved to be the difference today as Nadal forced the issue on the big points.

It’s experience that the Canadian hasn’t gained yet that proved to be his downfall in the eighth game as he missed some fairly routine forehands.

These forehands didn’t just miss, they were well wide of its attempted destination as five points in a row saw the first break of the match.

A pumped up Nadal served out the opening set in 42 minutes as he looked to completely change the momentum of the match in his favour.

There were more signs of inexperience at the start of the second set as the Canadian youngster was mistiming everything as Nadal turned more aggressive.

The early break gave the world number two a foundation to build on as he looked comfortable on his serve as he used good variety.

Unlike recent weeks, Nadal’s footwork was clinical and precise as he transitioned into his shots nicely making Auger-Aliassime work hard.

Although the Canadian brought some good power to his forehand with good success at times, Nadal just had too much craft for the world number 30.

Another break saw the Spaniard within touching distance of the third round and despite the Canadian getting the break back, the five-time champion sealed the win with another forehand error from his inexperienced opponent.

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Despite his viral illness, Nadal’s bid for a sixth Madrid title is very much alive as he takes on Frances Tiafoe in another challenging match on Thursday.

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Milos Raonic reaches the Australian Open quarter finals for the fifth time in his career

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Milos Raonic beat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3 7-5 to advance to the quarter final at the Australian Open for the fifth time in his career and for the second consecutive year. The Canadian player has advanced to the quarter final for the tenth time in his career at Grand Slam level.

 

Raonic saved an early break point with a big serve and hit a backhand down the line to force an error to break in the 10th game closing out the first set 6-4.

The former Wimbldon finalist and eight-time ATP Tour champion hit a backhand return winner in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set.

Cilic brought up two set points on Raonic’s serve in the 10th game of the third set, but Raonic fended them off with three serves. Raonic got a break in the 11th game at 15 and sealed the win on his first match point with an ace.

“It feels pretty good. I have got to say. I can’t complain about it and I am just happy with how things are going. I am happy I have another chance to play in two days here and it’s been an exciting tournament for me so far, but hopefully there are more exciting things ahead. I did a lot of things really well, and I had the idea of how I wanted to play. I was happy I could execute and live up to that”, said Milos Raonic in the post-match interview.

 

 

 

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Nick Kyrgios claims five-set thriller to set up a blockbuster fourth-round clash against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne

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Nick Kyrgios battled past Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8) after 4 hours and 26 minutes to set up a blockbuster fourth round clash against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

 

Khachanov saved match points in both the third and fourth set tie-breaks before losing the decisive tie-break. Kyrgios converted on three of her six break point chances and dropped her serve only once in the entire match.

Kyrgios served well in the opening set and earned two consecutive breaks to cruise through to a 6-2 win. Both players wasted a break point chance to set up a tie-break in the second set. Kyrgios earned two mini-breaks to claim the tie-break 7-5 with a serve up the T.

Kyrgios went up a 4-2 lead in the third set with a break, when Khachanov made two double faults. Khachanov broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Khachanov fended off a match point at 5-6 in the tie-break with a powerful serve and won the final three points to clinch the third set 8-6, as Kyrgios misfired a crosscourt forehand.

Kyrgios saved two break points in the seventh game and earned another match point in the seventh game of the fourth set. Khachanov saved it before winning the tie-break 9-7 forcing the match to the fifth set.

Both players held their serve in the fifth set with no break points setting up the decisive match tie-break. Kyrgios claimed an early mini-break to open up a a 3-0. Khachanov pulled back the mini-break and earned a match point at 8-7, but Kyrgios reeled off the final three points to clinch a thrilling win to the delight of the home fans.

“This is just epic match. I don’t even know what’s going on. Honestly, my legs feel about 40 kilos each. It’s emotional. I haven’t had a moment like that for four, five years, since I last played here against Seppi”, said Kyrgios.

 

 

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Danil Medvedev sets fourth round clash against Stan Wawrinka in Melbourne

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Danil Medvedev beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-3 6-2 to set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open.

 

Medvedev earned the first break in the second game of the opening set. Popyrin broke straight back in the next game to draw level to 1-1, but Medvedev earned his second break to take a 2-1 lead. The 2019 US Open finalist held his serve in a hard-fought eighth game after saving a break point and sealed the first set 6-4 on his second set point.

Medvedev broke serve at love in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Popyrin held his serve in the fifth game after saving two break points to claw his way back to 2-3. Medvedev sealed the second set with his second break at 15.

Medvedev got an early break at 15 in the second game of the third set. Kyrgios converted his fourth break-back point chance in the sixth game. Medvedev closed it out on his second match point.

“I am happy to win it in straight sets. I have good memories from last year, which was my first time in the second week of a Grand Slam and hopefully I can make it even further this year. I just try to win as many matches as I can. Hopefully I can win seven here”,said Medvedev.

Medvedev set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka, who reached the fourth round, when US John Isner withdrew from the match due to a foot injury, when the Lausanne player was leading 6-4 4-1.

“You never want your opponent to pull out. I was playing well again today. I was really happy the way I was playing. That’s very positive. It’s great to be back in the second week, that’s for sure. Feeling way better. It’s positive to have a good practice tomorrow and to be ready for the next one”,said Wawrinka.

Medvedev won both his previous head-to-head matches against Wawrinka at 2017 Wimbledon and in the quarter final of the 2019 US Open.

“Stan is a very tough opponent. He has won three majors and has gone deep a lot of times. It’s never going to be an easy match against Stan. I will have to show my best game to have a chance”, said Medvedev.

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