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Australian Open 2020, Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios Highlights: Nadal advances to quarters

Australian Open 2020, Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios Highlights: Rafael Nadal will face Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 27, 2020 5:55:03 pm
Australian Open 2020 Live Score Updates: Rafa Nadal renews his rivalry with Nick Kyrgios in a blockbuster fourth-round clash.

Australian Open 2020 Live Score Streaming, Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios Highlights: Rafael Nadal has beaten Aussie hope Nick Kyrgios in four sets to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the 41st time. The 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) win allowed Nadal to join Jimmy Connors in third place on the all-time list of Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances, behind only Roger Federer (57) and Novak Djokovic (46).

Nadal was broken while serving for the match, then was unable to convert two breakpoints in the next game but held his composure to clinch it in a tiebreaker. The 19-time major champion won the Australian Open in 2009 and has reached four finals here times since. He will next play fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, who is into the quarterfinals in Australia for the first time.

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Australian Open 2020, Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios Highlights:

17:53 (IST)27 Jan 2020
Nadal lauds Kyrgios

Well, what can I say about Nick? When he is playing today with his positive attitude, he brings a lot of positive things to our sport. So I encouraging him to keep working like this because he is one of the highest talents that we have on our tour and I like the Nick Kyrgios during the whole of this tournament.

17:43 (IST)27 Jan 2020
Played a scary game

'Have been a very tough match. Since in the beginning, I was a little bit under control. But, you know, against Nick, you are never under control because if you have a mistake, like I had in the second set with one serve of mine, then he has the break and it’s so difficult to break him again,' Nadal said

'Happened again in the fourth. He played a good game, but I played a scary game at 5-4! But that’s part of the sport. Accept that, and then I try to recover mentally and try to recover mentally for 6-5 and the end of the tiebreak,' he added.

17:42 (IST)27 Jan 2020
Nadal reacts to Kobe Bryant's shocking passing

What can I say? I wake up this morning with this terrible news. Super sad. He has been one of the greatest sportsman in the history, so he just deserves a round of big applause.

I didn’t spend time with him but I met him. I have a very close friend that was playing with him for a long time, Pau Gasol, and he always told me that his spirit of overcoming, his spirit of hard work. He always wanted more, he always wanted to increase his level. He’s always been a true inspiration for the world of sport and for a lot of kids, so yeah it’s one of those days that you want to forget. But Kobe Bryant will be in our heart and our minds for the rest of our lives.

17:33 (IST)27 Jan 2020
NADAL WINS, ENTERS QUARTERFINALS

Well, he is not the World No. 1 for nothing after all. Rafa Nadal beats Nick Kyrgios 6-3 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(4) to advance to his 12th Australian Open quarterfinals in three hours and 38 minutes. 

17:29 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4 Tie-Break: Nadal 6-4 Kyrgios

Nadal 1-0 Kyrgios: Nadal forces an error on Kyrgios

Nadal 1-1 Kyrgios: Nadal responds to a smash by Kyrgios but hammers a forehand into the net

Nadal 2-1 Kyrgios: A quick serving point for Nadal

Nadal 2-2 Kyrgios:  Good serve gives Kyrgios point

Nadal 3-2 Kyrgios: Nadal challenges but the ball has caught the line

Nadal 3-3 Kyrgios: Kyrgios presents Nadal with an easy forehand but he hits the ball into the net

Nadal 4-3 Kyrgios: Kyrgios' return hits the net

Nadal 5-3 Kyrgios: Kyrgios misses a drop shot

Nadal 5-4 Kyrgios: A brilliant rally goes in favour of Kyrgios

Nadal 6-4 Kyrgios: NADAL WINS

17:20 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 6-6 Kyrgios

And we are headed towards a fourth-set tie-break which decides whether this match goes into the decider or not.

17:16 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 5-6 Kyrgios

A turn of events! It's not just Kyrgios who is tired now. Kyrgios saves two break points including one in a jaw-dropping rally and then goes 6-5 ahead when Nadal sends a backhand long.

17:09 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 5-5 Kyrgios

Nadal double faults under pressure again to give Kyrgios two break points. In a must-break game, Kyrgios breaks Nadal for just the second time all match, and it's 5-5 in the fourth set.

17:03 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 5-4 Kyrgios

Kyrgios digs deep to force Nadal to serve for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set.

16:56 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 5-3 Kyrgios

Kyrgios' serve is keeping the 23rd seed in this contest against Nadal. However, down a break, the Aussie trails Nadal 3-5 in the fourth set.

16:51 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 4-2 Kyrgios

Kyrgios tried but Nadal is too good for him. Kyrgios stretches to take the shot, falls and takes all the time to get up. Nadal is rushing towards the fourth-round win

16:41 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 3-1 Kyrgios

Nadal consolidates the break with little fuss and is 3-1. Even Kyrgios, whose energy levels continue to dip, can be heard telling Nadal, "that's a hell of a serve".

16:38 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 4: Nadal 2-1 Kyrgios

After two forehand errors, Kyrgios handed over the break to love with a double fault. Kyrgios did well to take the first game in the fourth set but has started to look exhausted 

16:34 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 3 Tie-break: Nadal 7-6 Kyrgios

Nadal 1-0 Kyrgios: Kyrgios pushes a backhand wide on Nadal's serve

Nadal 2-0 Kyrgios: Ano unforced error as Kyrgios slams a backhand into the net

Nadal 2-1 Kyrgios: Kyrgios pushes a volley back across the court after sending Nadal out

Nadal 3-1 Kyrgios: Kyrgios sends another backhand into the net, slams racket on the ground in frustration

Nadal 4-1 Kyrgios: Nadal hooks a great forehand crosscourt

Nadal 4-2 Kyrgios: Nadal misses lose forehand

Nadla 4-3 Kyrgios: Nadal's shot goes into the net

Nadal 5-3 Kyrgios: Missed opportunity for Kyrgios as Nadal metres behind the baseline

Nadal 5-4 Kyrgios: Nadal's forehand takes the net

Nadal 5-5 Kyrgios: Kyrgios serve forces an error

Nadal 6-5 Kyrgios: Nadal gets a set point as Kyrgios blows the opportunity

Nadal 6-6 Kyrgios: Nadal double faults

Nadal 7-6 Kyrgios: Nadal takes Kyrgios wide, comes to the net and angles a backhand volley out of reach

Nadal 8-6 Kyrgios: An error by Kyrgios and Nadal takes the set

16:14 (IST)27 Jan 2020
Kyrgios throws racket in frustration

And the match has reached the point when Kyrgios throws the racket on the ground in frustration after sending another backhand into the net. He gets a warning from the umpire for good measure.

16:11 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 3: Nadal 6-6 Kyrgios

And that's third set tie-break! Kyrgios managed to survive many close calls but forces the set into tie-break. Hold your breath!

16:08 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 3: Nadal 6-5 Kyrgios

Nadal holds for 6-5 in the third against Kyrgios, who is no longer laughing. He is getting frustrated at the chair umpire.  Looks like we are headed towards a tie-break.

16:01 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 3: Nadal 5-5 Kyrgios

Kyrgios’ gets a nervous point on his serve at 30-30. He shrugged off any nerves and crushed two unreturned serves to hold. Could be anyone's set right now

15:48 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 3: Nadal 4-4 Kyrgios

Kyrgios fends off a break point to hold for 4-4 in the third vs Nadal with an audacious drop shot which barely took the line. He then produced two monster serves and makes it 4-4 in the third.

15:43 (IST)27 Jan 2020
SET 3: Nadal 3-3 Kyrgios

No player is giving any ground on their serve in the third set and it's 3-3 after Kyrgios holds without any issues. Kyrgios is enjoying the match a lot. He is laughing, engaging with the crowd and taking it easy. Nadal, on the other hand, is super serious

Kyrgios has shown a different side to his character in recent weeks, calling on the tennis world to help the victims of Australia's bushfire crisis and triggering an appeal that has raised more than A$5.5 million ($3,755,675). After edging past Russia's Karen Khachanov in five sets to set up an eighth meeting with Nadal, he also had kind words for the 19-times Grand Slam champion.