Tomas Berdych runs into Rafael Nadal brick wall, Frances Tiafoe up next for Spaniard
Rafael Nadal produced another commanding display at the Australian Open as he swept Tomas Berdych to set up a quarter-final clash against Frances Tiafoe.
Former Wimbledon finalist Berdych had been in solid form in his opening three matches, but then he came up against the Nadal juggernaut and simply didn’t have answers.
Nadal dropped only one game in the first two sets and, although the Czech put up some resistance in the third set, he went on to win 6-0, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in just over two hours.
The first set took under 30 minutes to complete as the 17-time Grand Slam winner bagelled Berdych. In fact, it took the 33-year-old until the fourth game of the second set to get on the scoreboard.
The third set went according to serve, but Berdych did have a set point in game 13 while he also had an early mini-break in the tie-breaker.
Nadal, though, broke twice and then won his first match point.
He will face Tiafoe for a place in the semi-final after the American celebrated his 21st birthday in style with victory over 20th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
Tiafoe, who sent fifth seed Kevin Anderson packing in the second round, beat the Bulgarian 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (1-7), 7-5 in three hours and 39 minutes.
The American’s previous best display at a major was a third-round appearance at Wimbledon last year, but he can now call himself a Grand Slam finalist and he was in tears after the match.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019
More from Tennis365:
French Open day two: A marathon match, a cheeky underarm serve, camouflaging with the clay
A look back at day two of the French Open.
Lorenzo Giustino v Corentin Moutet stats: Six hours and five minutes and a total of 459 points won
Some stats from the Giustino v Corentin marathon.
Nick Kyrgios tells Mats Wilander to ‘shut up’ after Andy Murray criticism, Karen Khachanov chimes in
Nick Kyrgios stands up for Andy Murray.
2020 French Open: Follow the action from Roland Garros with our live scores centre…
Catch the action with our live scores centre…
Jim Courier backs Andy Murray after Mats Wilander flak: ‘It is up to Andy as to how long he wants to play’
Jim Courier comes to Andy Murray’s defence.
WATCH: Daniil Medvedev serves underarm, destroys his racket en route to stormy French Open exit
Another tough day at Roland Garros for Daniil Medvedev.
Andy Murray’s former coaches hit back at Mats Wilander after he urges the Scot to consider his future
Andy Murray backed by two of his former mentors.
‘There’s probably one word – disappointing,’ says Liam Broady after French Open exit
Heather Watson is left to fly the British flag.
Rafael Nadal starts ‘different Roland Garros’ with solid win to extend French Open record to 94-2
Nadal starts quest for Grand Slam No 20 with solid win.
Serena Williams after first-round win: ‘I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena’
Williams pushed to a tie-break in the first set.