Sixth-seeded Rafael Nadal decimated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (16-14), 6-2, 6-2 in a match that lasted two hours and 40 minutes to advance to the men’s singles quarter-finals here at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. The opening set began on a competitive note with both players holding their serves to decide the tie. The tiebreaker turned out to be an even more intense battle where Nadal and Mannarino each saved three set points. In the end, the 20-time Grand Slam champion kept his composure to win the tiebreaker 16-14 on the seventh set point of the set.
Unlike the first, the second set turned out to be a completely different story with 2009 Australian Open champion Nadal dictating the terms from the start by smashing Frenchman Mannarino in the very first game. The Spaniard looked unstoppable and beat his opponent again in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead and eventually win the set 6-2. Also in the third set, 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal started on a similar note by beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the opener. In the very next game, Mannarino broke to level the score 1-1 in the second set. But this break hardly affected the Spaniard as he beat his opponent in the next match and never looked back. He beat him again in game five to take a convincing 4-1 lead and won the third set with a similar score line of second. Rafael Nadal hit 16 aces and 42 winners en route to entering the Round of 16. (ANI)
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