World number one Rafael Nadal weathered a fierce storm from gutsy showman Nick Kyrgios on Monday to set up an Australian Open quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem and keep alive his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, with 14 Wimbledon titles between them, dominate 'Manic Monday' at the All England Club with the 'Big Three' still standing while weary rivals have again flattered to deceive.
After winning one-sided semifinals that few will remember in years to come, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will face off in a blockbuster Australian Open decider on Sunday that offers much more than a clash of great players.
Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with long-time rival Rafael Nadal also safely through in his drive toward an 18th Grand Slam title.
The four greatest male players in modern tennis – who between them have won more than £400 million across 16 years – arrive in Melbourne aware that their days as a dominant entity are numbered, if not already history.
Andy Murray aims to kick-start his stalled career in Brisbane this week after an injury-plagued 2018, with Spanish great Rafael Nadal also playing as he tests his troubled knee ahead of the Australian Open.