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Nadal Advances to 4th Round at Australian Open

Nadal Advances to 4th Round at Australian Open

Friday, 21 January, 2022 - 14:15
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 19, 2022 Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his second round match against Germany's Yannick Hanfmann REUTERS/James Gourley

Spain’s Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over No. 28 seeded Karen Khachanov.


Nadal, aiming for a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title, was facing his first seeded opponent and dropped his first set of the tournament.


The sixth-seeded Nadal struggled in the third set when the 6-foot-6 Russian broke to go up 3-1 before taking the set in 57 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.


But the 35-year-old Nadal quickly regained control in a dominant fourth set, twice breaking the Olympic silver medalist.


Nadal shares the men’s record of 20 singles titles with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.


Djokovic, a nine-time champion at Melbourne Park, couldn’t play after having his visa canceled for failing to meet Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination regulations. Federer is skipping the Australian Open while he continues his recovery from injury.


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