Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Australian teenager, Nick Kyrgios made it to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2015 on Day 7 of the tournament.
World No.3, Rafael Nadal came on top of his fourth round match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson(World No.15) after a tough resistance from the South African in the first set.
Anderson threw in a barrage of serves and high quality winners to unsettle Nadal in the first set. He had three set points against the former champion at 5-4 and 40-0 but blew away his chances, only for Nadal to strike back and win the set.
Nadal enjoyed his escape and mounted the pressure on Anderson who clearly had some internal fighting going on as his game took a plunge after the first set. He was jostled around by Nadal who kept on improving throughout the match.
After just over 2 hours, a victorious Nadal threw his arms in air in pure delight. He never gave himself a chance in the tournament when it started but now he has proven himself wrong.
Nadal defeated Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 and the Spaniard now faces Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals against whom he has a clean sheet of 18 wins and zero losses.
World No.6, Andy Murray made it to his sixth straight quarter-finals at the Australian Open following a strong showing against “Baby Fed” Grigor Dimitrov.
Murray beat Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5 in 3 hours and 32 minutes to book his place in the quarters against Australian teenage sensation, Nick Kyrgios.
The Bulgarian, Dimitrov blew his chances in the first set after leading it 3-0 before handing it over to Murray 6 games to 4. However, he fought back and the match witnessed a lot of tense moments but Murray’s big match experiences bailed him out.
I thought Grigor started the match extremely well. He came out very aggressive, very explosive.But it’s tough to keep that sort of level of intensity up. And then once I got myself into the match, I felt like I was able to dictate a lot of the points. I thought tactically I played a good match.
In another quarter-final, Nick Kyrgios beat Andreas Seppi coming back from the brink and saving one match point.
Kyrgios lost the first two sets but the teen backed by a vociferous crowd found his way back into the game winning the third and fourth sets the hard way. He blew chances after leading the decider 4-1 but eventually came out as the winner after winning it 8-6.
The Canberra teen with a cool attitude overcame Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 8-6 in 3 hours and 34 minutes in the second biggest court of Australian Open in front of 10,000 home fans.
Krygios said that he never expected to break into the quarter-finals and that it was a huge surprise for him.
I was obviously out for a couple weeks before Sydney. I wasn’t expecting, you know, anything, especially not quarter-finals. And, yeah, it’s just massive, especially to do it in front of your home crowd
said Kyrgios after the win.
He now joins an elite band of players in the quarter-finals and it is clearly game on!