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.

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13 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman at Australian Open

  1. YB

    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!

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  2. Ana the biggest fan to Rafa

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

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  3. Glfalkson

    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!!!

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