Rafael Nadal brutally dismantles Pablo Carreno Busto, while Dominic Thiem also impresses
Rafael Nadal stepped up several levels from his first two matches to beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1 6-2 6-4 at the Australian Open.
The top seed did not allow his opponent a single break point and hit 42 winners compared to just seven unforced errors.
“It’s my best match of the tournament so far without a doubt so that’s a very good thing,” Nadal said..”I’m super happy. Sorry for Pablo because he’s a good friend of mine.”
“I think today I did very well with my serve. And then I started to hit some very good forehands down the line, and that’s the key shot for me.”
The win sets up a potential fourth round clash against Nick Kyrgios, provided the Australian can get past Karen Khachanov on Friday.
Dominic Thiem is also safely though, beating Taylor Fritz in five sets in a generally very impressive display.
Thiem, the fifth seed, will now meet Gael Monfils in an intriguing matchup in found four. Monfils, seeded tenth, easily overcame Ernests Gulbis in straight sets.
Andrey Rublev’s fine recent form also contiued, as he came from a set down to beat 11th seed David Goffin in four.
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