Nadal sees off gallant Krygios
19 time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is through to the quarter finals of the 2020 Australian Open, seeing off Australian Nick Kyrgios in a hard fought match on Rod Laver Arena on Monday night.
The Spaniard will play Domenic Thiem on Wednesday for a spot in the final four, winning in four sets 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) over a determined Krygios, an identical scoreline to the pair's second round meeting at Wimbledon last year.
Krygios barely put a foot wrong throughout the contest, some early errors costly as he went down a set before bouncing back in the second, Nadal winning some telling points in the third and fourth sets to claim the win in a gruelling match that lasted over three hours.
The 24 year old Australian had a trademark meltdown during the third set at both the chair umpire and linesman, but regained his composure to take it up to the number one seed right to the final point.
The loss ends Krygios' tournament at the fourth round, Nadal's quarter final opponent Thiem defeating Frenchman Gael Monfis in straight sets earlier in the day to set up a blockbuster match up.
Stan Warwinka won a hard fought five set match over Daniil Medvedev, and will meet Alexander Zverev in his quarter final match up after he sent Andrey Rublev packing in straight sets. The German has never lost to Warwinka in a Grand Slam tournament.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will play their quarter final matches tomorrow, while last remaining Australian hopeful Ash Barty plays Petra Kvitová in her quarter final match tomorrow afternoon (ADEST) on Rod Laver Arena.