It is steady, with a warm hand. Rafael Nadal He took his round of 16 duel against Fabio Fognini by 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2 and got into the quarter finals of Australian Open for the 13th time in his career.
In a first set in which the Italian complicated the Spanish for several moments, especially with his serve (he got three aces and had an effectiveness of 53% in the first service). But the manacorí was not intimidated and showed his great tennis in all the passages of the sleeve.
For him second partialFognini looked better and went on to reach a 4-2 breakability lead to 5-2, but Nadal overcame and turned the tables to take the set with a resounding 6-4.
In the defining set, the Italian seemed dejected before the comeback of the Spanish and was overwhelmed by 6-2 in which he could not reap break chances and the Spanish took advantage of every situation he had to close the match in his favor.
Thanks to this victory, Nadal advanced for the 13th time to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and reaches this stage without giving up any sets.
With this victory, the Manacor southpaw went 13-4 in personal duels against Fognini, whom he now surpassed in eight of the last nine meetings with each other.
Nadal, who equals Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles, aims to surpass the Swiss for the first time on that all-important list. He is very firm, he did not give up a single set, but he has three games remaining against hierarchical rivals on the hard courts of Melbourne.