01/25/2020 – 8:36

  • The Balearic won his friend and compatriot in three sets (6-1, 6-2 and 6-4)
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Rafael Nadal improved his version with respect to his first two games in Melbourne Park and overwhelmed his compatriot Pablo Carreño in the third round of the Australian Open after endorsing a forceful 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 in a match that reached the Hour and forty minutes.

It has been the best match of the tournament so far for me and I am very happy about it. It is very good news for me that I am in the round of 16, Nadal said after the conclusion of the clash.

The Balearic made self-criticism after his previous victory against Argentina's Federico Delbonis and warned that he should improve his level to keep the intact options of raising what would be his second crown in the Australian 'major'.

He overcame the pending task set by the player himself after overwhelming the Spaniard with a repertoire of impossible shots, especially winning parallel rights, and blunt services.

Carreño only maintained a serve during the first round and the closest he was to surprise the world number one service was after achieving two points in the first game of the clash.

In addition, the positive point that Nadal highlighted from his insufficient victory against Delbonis, the service, once again became one of his main weapons after not granting any break ball in the entire game for the second time in a row.

Regarding the second round, Nadal took the first eight points to impress even more an impotent Carreño who saw the slope of the comeback more and more inclined.

He closed the second set of Manacor for another forceful 6-2 and the Gijon took air for the first time to at least compete from you to you and feel the rhythm of the game from the fundamental equation in tennis to maintain your service and Fight returns.

However, the unleashed version of the Manacori again broke a disciplined Carreño who could not, after the defeat, match his performance the previous year when he lost to Japanese Kei Nishikori in the fourth round.