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Rafael Nadal qualifies for the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after beating Fabio Fonini (Italy) 6:3, 6:4, 6:2 in 2 hours and 19 minutes. In the previous three matches between the two Fonini took at least oneset, but now it didn`t happen.
Rafael Nadal is waiting for his opponent for the quarterfinals between Matteo Beretini and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who play later today.
Today`s match was dictated by the Spanish matador, who had difficulties in the first and especially in the second set. The first half went well for Rafa and he took the lead with 3:0, but allowed a breakthrough for 2:3. Nadal could have finished the part much earlier, but in the eighth game advised by 11livegames he saved his pass three times to get out in the end.
He had the most difficulties in the second set, when Fonini took the lead with 4:2 with a breakthrough from the second opportunity. But Rafael Nadal reacted immediately and returned the breakthrough for 3:4, and then equalized in his pass despite the Italian`s three attempts to prolong his difficulties. He then made a second consecutive breakthrough, and finally took the part in 53 minutes.
In the third set, Fonini continued to make unprovoked mistakes, and Nadal took a quick lead with 5:1, then took a short break and took the third match with 6:2.
`13th place in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open? That`s a good number! When you`re on the Grand Slam court against a good tennis player, you can`t expect to be without problems. I think I was lucky when I returned the breakthrough and made 5:4. After serving for the second set, that was the key: from 3:2 to 4:4 he was much better than me, but I managed to keep his momentum. The conditions are faster during the day and I like it even more`It`s better for me to play during the day, the ball goes faster. But I have to adjust to the conditions. That`s why I`m here to be ready for any conditions. Yes, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Beretini are young`They are happy that my injury is OK for now and I hope to make another good match in two days, ` said Rafael Nadal after the match.
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