Rafael Nadal says sorry with a kiss after hitting ball girl

Ross Houston
January 25, 2020

He added that his confidence was rising the deeper he goes into the tournament as he targets only a second Australian Open title after his 2009 win.

Monfils will battle Dominic Thiem next after the Austrian fifth seed took care of American Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4.

"It probably was one of the scariest moments on the tennis court because the ball was straight to the head", said Nadal.

Top seed Rafael Nadal brushed aside countryman Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets to reach the Australian Open fourth round for the 13th time.

"I'm improving every day, so super-happy". Again, he broke Carreno Busta twice to control the scoreboard and make another big step towards the place in the next round.

"When you are not able to convert one break point after I don't know how many chances, of course you are in trouble", he said. Nadal led the set 4-1 at the time.

"I watch nearly everything, yeah. Honestly, I found a way to finally win that second set and in the third, I think I played a little bit more relaxed".

"I did very well with my serve and started to hit some forehands".

"Anything could happen, but Federer is Federer".

The Australian, who disparagingly labelled Nadal "super salty" a year ago, and mimicked his serving routine during his second-round clash, meets Russian Karen Khachanov later. "Nick is excited to play here at home", Nadal said.

As for the match, Nadal has cruised into the third round of the Australian Open after defeating Argentina's Federico Delbonis in straight sets.

He converted the second with a smash victor, taking a 6-1, 6-2 advantage after 57 minutes and racing towards the finish line on Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal went on to meet with Anita and her family on Friday and posted a picture with her on his official Twitter account.

Nadal, targeting a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, did not face a single break point as he hit 42 winners compared to just seven unforced errors.

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