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Australian Open: Čilić Will Face Nadal in Quarter-final!

22 January, 2018, 02:34 | Author: Sylvester Abbott

"The Argentine stands at just 5'7" but does indeed pack a punch and can grind his way through a match.

Eventually however, the Bulgarian was able to survive the power serve of Kyrgios and take the victory 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3). He will now face Marin Cilic for a spot in the semifinals.

Nadal had barely broken sweat despite the blistering heat in Melbourne, which broke for the weekend and made his afternoon session altogether more bearable for players and fans alike.

Despite the scoreline in the middle of the first set being three-all, Nadal was being tested in his service games early on.

At a set and a break up, with Kyrgios ranting at his support camp about the tension of his strings and threatening to implode, Dimitrov appeared in total control of the match. However, Nadal had more gears to go through, and the difference in class was there for all to see in the third and fourth sets. Once he moved 4-3 in front, Nadal stepped it up and broke the Argentinian. The Spaniard was a bit impatient in his patterns though, giving back his break chances.

Nadal was ruthless against the Bosnian, breaking his serve seven times with blistering shot-making.

A hold at love was just what Nadal needed to close out the set 6-3. After the second set, also he start to serve a little bit better, start to win a lot of points with the serve. Nadal leads 5-1 in their previous meetings. Kyrgios said he's doing nothing special to change his image: "It's not something I wake up and I'm like, "Look, today I'm going to try to change the perception".

Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. A backhand error a few games later though gave the Spaniard a chance to serve for a two sets to love lead.

On his third match point, Nadal hit a back-hand victor to seal the victory, advancing to the quarterfinals for the 10th time. An errant backhand gave Schwartzman the set, much to the delight of the crowd who wanted to continue seeing a fantastic match.

The second set saw six breaks, three apiece, with Nadal dropping his first-ever set in his 2018 Australian Open campaign after losing the tiebreak.

The world No.1 battled his way into his 10th Open quarter-final with a hard-earned 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3 win over dogged Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Sunday.

While in the women's bracket, world number two Caroline Wozniacki cruised her way into the quarterfinals with a straight sets win over Magdalena Rybarikova, world number four Elina Svitolina thrashed Denisa Allertova, Belgium's Elise Mertens got the better of Petra Martic and Carla Suarez Navarro edged out Anett Kontaveit in a three-set thriller.



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