Nadal and Carla Suarez will play the quarterfinals in Australia and Carreño drops eliminated
The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal applauds after beating the Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the last 16 of the Australian Open on January 21, 2018 in Melbourne
Spaniards Rafael Nadal, world number 1, and Carla Suarez (39th WTA) qualified for the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday, while Pablo Carreño, tenth favorite, was eliminated.
Nadal sweat of the beautiful thing to beat to the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (N.24) in four sets, by 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 and 6-3.
In the quarterfinals, Nadal will face the Croatian Marin Cilic (N.6), who beat Carreño in the eighths by 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/0) and 7-6 (7 /3).
Nadal had to be used thoroughly for almost four hours to get rid of the Argentine, who measures 1.70 meters, which is why he is the lowest tennis player in the top 100 of the ATP classification.
“He is an excellent player in all aspects, he did well today, which is not always the case, it was a great battle,” said Nadal.
The Spanish champion, who at the end of 2017 suffered a knee injury, said he had endured well 3 hours and 51 minutes.
– ‘First big game of the year’ –
“I’m a little tired, of course, but I feel good, I was able to fight until the end of my first big game of the year,” Nadal said.
“It’s good for the confidence to know that I can play for four hours with great intensity,” added Nadal.
Some points were spectacular, with a very combative Argentine who practices a style similar to that of Nadal.
Schwartzman, who jumped to the forefront by reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open in September, managed 12 aces.
Nadal started the game well, won the first set, but in the second – with three service breaks per side – he bowed in the tie-break.
Then the Spaniard would win the third and fourth sets, more close than the score indicated, given the titanic opposition of the Argentine.
It was a difficult game for Nadal, who had to save 15 break points to prevail and scored fewer winning points than his opponent (58 against 46).
In addition, in the other match played on Sunday, the British Kyle Edmund beat the Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-2 and 6-3.
– Ante Wozniacki –
Spain’s Carla Suárez celebrates her victory over Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the round of 16 of the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne on January 21, 2018
In the women’s category, Suarez surpassed the eighths with a victory against Estonian Anett Kontaveit (N.33) in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.
Now he will play against the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, second favorite, who only needed one hour and three minutes to defeat the Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova, world number 21, by a convincing 6-3 and 6-0.
It is the third time that Suárez, born in the Canary Islands and 29 years old, arrives at the quarterfinals in Melbourne, after the editions of 2009 and 2016, and the sixth time she does it in a Grand Slam (twice at Roland Garros, one in the US Open). It has never gone further.
In 2016, Suárez was N.12 worldwide.
Now he will have to face Wozniacki, who in 2011 had reached the semifinals of the Australian Open.
It is the tenth participation of the Danish in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament (five times at the US Open, two at Roland Garros and three at the Australian Open).
Wozniacki, 27, was the world number one in 2010, but without achieving a great title in his record. After several difficult years, he returned among the top ten last season and in October he won the Masters.
In another match, Belgian Elise Mertens qualified for the quarterfinals thanks to a victory against Croatian Petra Martic 7-6 (7/4) and 7-5.