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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal storms into quarterfinals for 14th time

Associated Press | Updated on: Sunday, January 23, 2022, 01:04 PM IST

Rafael Nadal during the Australian Open. | Photo: AFP
Rafael Nadal during the Australian Open. | Photo: AFP
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Rafael Nadal is into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the 14th time after beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets following a long opening tiebreaker.

Nadal needed seven set points before finishing off the 28-minute, 40-second tiebreaker on the way to his 7-6 (14), 6-2, 6-2 fourth-round victory.

It extended his streak to 21 straight wins against fellow left-handers.

Nadal moved to equal-second with John Newcombe on the all-time list for most quarterfinals in Australia. Roger Federer tops that list with 15.

It's also his 45th time into the last eight at a Grand Slam tournament, which is third on the all-time list behind Federer (58) and Novak Djokovic (51).

Nadal is now potentially three victories away from a men's record 21st Grand Slam singles title.

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Published on: Sunday, January 23, 2022, 01:04 PM IST