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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal through to quarter-finals alongside Daniil Medvedev


Rafael Nadal, who is chasing a record 21st Grand Slam title, will face either Greek fifth seed in the last eight while Andrey Rublev joins Daniil Medvedev and qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the quarter-finals in the same Grand Slam

Last Updated: 15/02/21 8:00am

Rafael Nadal swept aside Fabio Fognini at the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal stayed on course for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title after sweeping aside Fabio Fognini to reach his 13th Australian Open quarter-final on Monday.

World No 2 Nadal dominated flamboyant Italian Fognini to reach a 43rd Grand Slam quarter-final and move ever closer to overtaking Roger Federer for a 21st slam trophy.

Nadal came into the tournament with a back injury but declared after his third-round win over Cameron Norrie that it had finally started to improve.

He has now reached the last eight without dropping a set.

Fognini, who came from two sets down to beat Nadal at the US Open in 2015, led by a break in the second set but lacked the discipline to really challenge the second seed, who eased to a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory.

Nadal will play Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the quarter-finals after Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini was forced to withdraw from his match against the Greek with an abdominal strain.

Berrettini suffered the injury during his win against Russian Karen Khachanov in the third round.

Daniil Medvedev set up a quarter-finals meeting with his compatriot and good friend Andrey Rublev

Daniil Medvedev set up a quarter-finals meeting with his compatriot and good friend Andrey Rublev

Daniil Medvedev brushed aside Mackenzie McDonald 6-4 6-2 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time and extend his winning streak to 18 matches.

The fourth-seeded Russian needed just one hour and 29 minutes to progress, ending McDonald’s remarkable run less than two years after a career-threatening hamstring injury, and set up a last-eight meeting with his compatriot and good friend Andrey Rublev.

Medvedev said in his on-court interview: “It was a great match – I was hitting the ball great, I was serving great and I finished in one-thirty which is important because in the late stages of a Grand Slam you want to make fast matches.”

Djokovic v A Zverev

Dimitrov v Karatsev

Rublev v Medvedev

Tsitsipas v Nadal

Rublev advanced to a fourth Grand Slam quarter-final and joins two other Russians in the last eight. It's the first time in the Open era that three Russian men have reached this stage at a Grand Slam tournament

Rublev advanced to a fourth Grand Slam quarter-final and joins two other Russians in the last eight. It’s the first time in the Open era that three Russian men have reached this stage at a Grand Slam tournament

Medvedev’s winning streak includes victories over Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, and titles at the ATP Finals, Paris Masters and most recently the ATP Cup as a mainstay of the Russian team.

Rublev, the seventh seed, cruised through the first set against Norway’s Casper Ruud but was made to fight for the second, in which Ruud served for the set at 5-3.

However with Rublev leading 6-2 7-6 (7-3), Ruud, who had briefly received treatment midway through the second set, abruptly announced his retirement from the match.

A third Russian, qualifier Aslan Karatsev will play Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the last four on Tuesday.

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