Australian Open: Nadal crushes Carreno Busta after watching Federer five-set epic

Tanya Simon
January 25, 2020

Rafa Nadal passed up a good few chances for an earlier finish to his night before muscling his way into the third round of the Australian Open with a commanding 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-1 victory over Argentine Federico Delbonis on Thursday.

Croatian 19th seed Donna Vekic also crumbled to lower-ranked opposition when she lost 7-5, 6-3 to Poland's Iga Swiatek, who is returning from a stress fracture in her foot.

But first the world No 1 takes on Pablo Carreno Busta as he goes in search of a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title. "I'll be watching and hoping for a good tennis match".

"Every day is a different story".

While Nadal was a bit anxious about his inability to kill off his opponent on Thursday, he was unconcerned to hear that potential fourth-round opponent Nick Kyrgios had imitated his service action ticks during the Australian's match against Gilles Simon.

Nadal joined great rival Federer in the fourth round, admitting he sat up to watch the Swiss great's stunning defeat of John Millman in a fifth-set super tie-breaker which ended at almost 1:00 am.

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But he showed no signs of tiredness, racing through 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in just 1 hour, 38 minutes in what he called his "best match of the tournament so far, without a doubt".

"I did very well with my serve and started to hit some forehands".

If he beats Khachanov, Kyrgios could face a mouthwatering showdown in the last 16 with Rafael Nadal, the man he disparagingly labelled "super salty", part of a long-running feud.

"His schedule is extremely busy so I don't know how he made time to talk with me", she added.

Karolina Pliskova, the second seed, faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, fifth seed Elina Svitolina plays two-time Major-winner Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, is against Italy's Camila Giorgi. I was extremely excited because I had finally gotten to meet my favourite tennis player like really close up.

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