Second seed Rafael Nadal easily won Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on 15/2 to enter the quarterfinals of the Australian Open without losing any set.
Fabio Fognini is one of Rafael Nadal’s favorite opponents. In 16 meetings before this year’s Australian Open fourth round, Nadal won 12 games. The match at the Rod Laver Arena on February 15 was not out of that familiar scenario.
Nadal has an early advantage thanks to winning Fognini’s first serve. The Italian then successfully took advantage of his first break-point in game five, but lost his next serve game. The most tug of war is game eight. Nadal has three chances to win set-points but all misses. However, the Spanish player still won 6-3 easily, thanks to his stable serve in game nine. In the opening set, Fognini won only 29% of the score each time Nadal serves.
Fognini played better at the beginning of the second set. He kept his first three games steady, then won Nadal’s third match to take a 4-2 lead. However, like the first set, seed number 16 served unstable in the late game. He gave Nadal a five break-point win at game seven and saved it only four times. Fognini then lost three games in a row and lost 4-6 in this set.
The decline in spirit caused Fognini to lose quickly to the third set after just over half an hour of playing. He was helpless against Nadal’s highly swirling serves, and he lost two of his four service games himself. In all three service games at the end of each set, Nadal did not let Fognini score. The 20 Grand Slam owners won the final after two hours and 19 minutes for their 13th appearance in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
“You always get nervous every time you meet a player like Fognini,” said Nadal after his 13th win over his opponent. “He always causes trouble for me. I am lucky to get back on time in the second set, when he won the break point and was ahead. The weather and humidity today brought me my favorite playing conditions. My back problem is getting better and the training sessions will be the best preparation.The first set today is probably when I play my best since the start of the tournament. I need to improve my stamina. confidence after this win “.
Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open without losing a set. If he won the Australian Open, he would become the first player to win each Grand Slam twice or more, while also setting a record 21 Grand Slam men’s singles.
In the quarterfinals, Nadal met fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who did not have to play in the fourth round because rival Matteo Berrettini gave up. Nadal holds a record against Tsitsipas with six wins after seven meetings.