For Rafael Nadal (ATP 5), all is well at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Against Adrian Mannarino (ATP 69), Mallorcan 7:6 (16:14), 6:2, 6:2 qualified for the quarter-finals.
Rafael Nadal laid the foundation for winning the first set, which lasted 83 minutes. The tiebreak alone took nearly half an hour. French Adrian Mannarino had the chance to win the first set on a silver platter. And Mannarino made his service matches easily, and got the only break point before the tiebreak, and advanced 3-0 and 4-2 in the tiebreak, and got four points, one of which was on his serve.
When Nadal secured the first round with the seventh ball, it meant more than an initial decision. After victories over Hubert Hurkacz (ATP 11) and Russian Aslan Karazew, Mannarino proved that he could no longer achieve more power.
Nadal celebrated his eighth straight win in Melbourne. Before the start of the Australian Open, he won the preparatory tournament at Melbourne Park two weeks ago.
Zverev without a chance
Surprisingly, Nadal’s opponent in the quarter-finals was not called Alexander Zverev (ATP 3). He could have become the world’s #1 Olympic champion with his first Grand Slam title, but is now failing in the round of 16 because of Canadian Denis Shapovalov (22, ATP 14). From a German point of view, it’s frightening how little Zverev’s resistance is at 3:6, 6:7, 3:6.
“You can have a bad day. But then you have to leave your soul on the field. We missed that with Sasha (Zverev) today,” Eurosport expert, Boris Becker. “What I miss is upbringing and unconditional will. We all have bad days, but there is Lack of body language,” Becker criticized his compatriot during the match. “It was probably my worst match since Wimbledon, but it was really bad,” Zverev says.
American women’s surprise
Two American outsiders, Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys, qualified for the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Pegula defeated Greek number 5 seed Maria Sakkari 7:6 (7:0), 6:3 and qualified for the second time (after the 2021 Australian Open) for the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam.
8th seed Madison Keys eliminated Spain’s Paula Padusa 6-3 6-1. Madison Keys reached the semi-finals in Melbourne seven years ago. Last year, she was sidelined by the pandemic after she tested positive for Covid before the first lap. (SDA/CMU)
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