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Nadal crushes fiery Fognini to reach Australian Open quarter-finals NewsFunda

MELBOURNE:

Rafael Nadal

threw a blanket over the fire of

Fabio Fognini

to cruise into the quarter-finals of the

Australian Open

with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win on Monday.

Facing the man who dumped him from the 2015 US Open, second seed Nadal held steady against the fierce hitting of the flamboyant Italian and counter-punched brilliantly to avoid a longer scrap at a sunbathed

Rod Laver Arena

.

The score suggested otherwise, but it was a quality two-hour 16-minute workout for Nadal, who had to rally from 4-2 down in the second set to put the match on his terms.

When you reach your 4️⃣3️⃣rd Grand Slam quarterfinal 🙌@RafaelNadal | #AO2021 | #AusOpen https://t.co/59xQYuFCfl

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1613371710000

From there, the momentum was all the Spaniard’s as Nadal roared through the final set to fix up a clash with either Stefanos Tsitsipas or

Matteo Berrettini

.

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