Rafael Nadal says he ‘needs to keep improving’ despite yet another Grand Slam straight sets win

Rafael Nadal said he ‘needs to keep improving’ despite progressing into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Nadal overcame British number two Cameron Norrie on Rod Laver Arena on Saturday, taking it 7-5, 6-2, 7-5.

It means Nadal has now won his last 30 sets of Grand Slam tennis – ten successive straight sets wins covering Roland Garros and the Australian Open.

Dominic Thiem was actually the last player to beat Nadal in a major, and that was over a year ago now in the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinal

“[I’m] very happy, good feelings and I need to keep improving,” Nadal said after the match. “I’m in the second week and that’s the main thing for me right now.

“I didn’t convert chances I had early in the sets, so the situation became a little bit more difficult.

“Of course, playing against the best players in the world, not taking your chances, you’re going to suffer a bit.

Nadal will face Italian Fabio Fognini in the fourth round, and it’s a player for whom he has a lot of respect.

“We’ve played a lot of times and he’s beaten me a couple of times.
“He’s come here after an injury, so he will be hungry to do well.

“That’s a very impressive victory against de Minaur, in straight sets.

“So he will come to our match with plenty of confidence, and of course you never expect an easy match at this stage. I need to be ready.”

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