Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal's focus not on Roger Federer's record

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal's focus not on Roger Federer's record

I just care about (trying) to keep going, keep enjoying my tennis career. If I reach 20, fantastic.

Earlier the day, Hubert Hurkacz, the No. 31 seed, rallied past Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak 6-7 (4), 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to claim his first five-set victory. A total of 38 winners and eight breaks proved the difference for the relentlessly consistent Nadal.

We look more closely at the 33-year-old as he prepares for the next match in Melbourne.

Twelve, of course, were collected at the French Open, four at the U.S. Open and two at Wimbledon. "Obviously I felt he wanted to help. Probably not", Nadal said with a hearty laugh.

"I guess it's just a perspective thing, isn't it?"

The 32-year-old, playing on a wildcard as she wrestles with a shoulder injury, lost 6-3, 6-4 to Croatian 19th seed Donna Vekic, making her an opening-round loser at three straight Grand Slams for the first time.

His sudden passing came just before the U.S. Open, so she withdrew from that tournament. Things can be juicy in the fourth round if the superstar pulls it away. She was ranked 51st at the time and unseeded.

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Despite blinking first as Djokovic broke for a 4-2 lead and consolidated for a 5-2 advantage, Struff was unperturbed and reeled off three consecutive games, despite saving a set point along the way, to level the match and then force a tie-break. The Australian Open has always been a tough tournament for Federico Delbonis as he has only won 3 matches at this event.

Federer, that has actually won 2 of the previous 3 Australian Open titles, will certainly want to relocate one action better to 100 wins at this occasion when he deals with Serbian Filip Krajinovic, that won his opener in 5 collections that took 3 hrs and also 54 mins.

Nadal's victory at the US Open last summer led him to one of Roger Federer's brands. Fognini said he doesn't recall all of his turnaround victories, but he sure does remember that one.

"I think the third set was a great set".

"I started well, there was a close tiebreak and in the second set I played well, but he turned it around".

Nick Kyrgios has lifted the lid on his new-found focus as tennis's most unlikely Zen master braces for a true test of character at the Australian Open on Thursday. 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic, who turns 41 next month, stunned Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, prevailing 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5 in two hours. "But these moments are really worth it".

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