PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal’s hopes of winning a second Australian Open title remain intact after he defeated Diego Schwartzman in four sets (6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3) at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a great battle. He is a good friend of mine.

He is a great player, in all aspects, and I feel that for a lot of moments he was serving well.

I was able to keep fighting until the end and it is the first big match I have played in 2018. It probably helps my confidence, knowing I can resist almost four hours on court.

With today’s win Rafa will stay No. 1 after the tournament ends, regardless of what Roger Federer does.

It will be his 33rd overall major quarterfinal when he faces Marin Cilic next.


  1. Rafa do rest up today for your next match.

    All the best for your game against Cilic,

    Love and prayers,


  2. Dear Rafa…more body serves & net play upcoming Cilic match. Rooting for u in Fl 🌴🎾.

  3. What a hard-fought battle! Rafa, you showed the world again what a fighter, and a champion you are! Proud of Diego too. What a fighter, and a “pocket rocket” (as someone described him)!

    Rest well, and best of luck with the next match!

  4. Great much by both players. Rafa congratulations vamossssssssssssssssss you need to rest for the next much. Love your fans 🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍🇺🇸❤️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  5. WAY TO GO RAFA❣️🎾💪🏼😘
    Keep it on. – The best of luck in the next round sweet champ #1 VAMOS! 🥇💖🍀🤗

  6. I was really worried for his knees . He looked so happy(and handsome) when it was over.Added bonus is that he’ll keep his ranking. Yay!!!

  7. CAMPEON!!!!!. EsteI partido t ayudarà para los proximos tuyos…ha sifo partido d gran nivel….VAMOS!!!!!!

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