Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Diego Schwartzman
Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty problem from Diego Schwartzman however held agency to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to succeed in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.
In an usually breathtaking conflict boasting some luxurious shot-making, the Spaniard was surprised by the hard-hitting Schwartzman who broke him thrice earlier than claiming the second set at Rod Laver Arena.
But the 16-times grand slam champion responded with typical grit, elevating his defensive recreation to blanket the 24th seed’s firepower and claiming the win on the third match level with a rocketed backhand return down the road.
The victory ensured Nadal will retain his world primary rating and arrange a gathering with sixth seed and former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic for a spot within the semi-finals.