Rafael Nadal is through to the Australian Open 2020 quarter-finals after having defeated Nick Kyrgios at Melbourne Park after 4 nail bitting sets winning 6-3 3-6 7-6(8-6) 7-6(7-4).
Rafael Nadal who had not lost a set throughout the Australian Open tournament until now congratulated Nick Kyrgios on his attitude at Melbourne Park during the game going on to say:
“When Nick is playing like he did today with this positive attitude he brings a lot of things to our sport,”
“I encourage him to keep working like this because he is one of the biggest talents of our tour.”
Nick Kyrgios came out wearing an LA Lakers vest with Kobe Bryant’s name on in tribute to the NBA legends tragic passing in a helicopter accident over the weekend.
The Spanish top seed Nadal will now go on to face Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.
Simona Halep managed to also make it through to the quarter-finals after having beaten Elise Mertens on the Rod Laver Arena in straight sets.
Halep went on to win 6-4 6-4 against the 24-year-old Belgium and will now face Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals.
Simona Halep, just like Rafael Nadal, was yet to have dropped in the tournament until today’s matchup with Mertens.
“I played Elise in the Doha final last year – I led by a set and was up 4-2 but lost the match,”
“I knew I had to stay focused today. I was a little nervous at 4-3 but was strong enough to finish.” Halep said in her post-match interview.