Rafael Nadal has 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur’s number – or numbers, really, and they are 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Rafa’s victory over de Minaur in the third round of the Australian Open came by that score, as did the 17-major champion’s win when the two met at Wimbledon last year.
De Minaur came into the Australian Open on a high having won the Sydney International last week but was outclassed by Rafa, who will play Tomas Berdych in the fourth round.
It was Rafa’s third match in a row against an Australian, having beaten James Duckworth and Matthew Ebden in the first two rounds.
“Even playing against an Australian like Alex, I feel like the crowd – some part of the crowd – is with me,” said Rafa, the 2009 Australian Open champion.
Source: The Associated Press