Rafael Nadal powers past Fabio Fognini at Australian Open, but admits: ‘I was a little bit lucky’

Rafael Nadal was hugely impressive again at the Australian Open as he powered past Fabio Fognini and into the quarterfinals.

The world number two is bidding for history in Melbourne, where he can become the first man to win every Grand Slam multiple times and win a record 21st Major.

He had far too much for Fabio Fognini, securing a routine 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win, although he did admit to getting relatively ‘lucky’ in some key moments.

“Every match, when you go on court, in a the round of 16 against a great player like Fabio, you’ve got to worry every moment.

“But at the same time you can’t expect to go on court and not have problems during the match, facing these kinds of players.

“In the second set I don’t think I played a good game when he break me.

“I was lucky to have the break back immediately and then I saved 0-40 – that was the key.

“So building this couple of games, I was a little bit lucky to be able to have a score 5-4 for me on serving.

“I think in the beginning of second set from the beginning, I think I was better than him, then from 3-2 to 5, especially to 4-4, he was much better than me.

“I was able to hold the score and that was probably one of the biggest parts.”

Nadal will now face world number six Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last eight after Matteo Berrettini was forced to withdraw from the tournament with injury.

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