Australian Open: Nadal storms into quarter finals

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2019 16:38 hrs
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World number two Rafael Nadal entered the quarter-final round of the ongoing Australian Open after streaking past Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the men's singles event here on Sunday.

The 32-year-old registered a comprehensive 6-0, 6-1, 7-6(4) win over Berdych in their pre-quarters clash that lasted two hours and five minutes.

Nadal, who made it to his 11th Australian Open quarter-final, looked at ease in the clash and barely missed any chances as Berdych failed to put a solid fight.

The first set was a complete cakewalk for Nadal who won straight first nine games to take a 3-0 lead. He never let the momentum slip out of his grip and won the opening set 6-0 in a clinical fashion. Berdych seemed to have no appropriate reply to Nadal's accuracy and it continued throughout the match.

While the second set saw Nadal continuing with her dominant momentum, the deciding set witnessed some grueling competition between the two players. The Spaniard, however, passed the final hurdle with distinction and won the third set 7-6 to seal the match.

Next, Nadal will face Frances Tiafoe of America book a berth in the semi-final of the competition.

Later, Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer will be crossing swords with Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in their round of 16 clash.