Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal cautious of ‘harmful’ Frances Tiafoe | Tennis


Rafael Nadal is braced for a stern take a look at from a “dynamic” and “harmful” Frances Tiafoe within the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. 

Nadal breezed into the final eight at Melbourne Park on Sunday with a 6-Zero 6-1 7-6 (7-4) defeat of Tomas Berdych. 

The second seed will probably be a robust favourite to beat the unseeded Tiafoe, who ousted Grigor Dimitrov on his 21st birthday to succeed in his first grand slam quarter-final.

Nadal didn’t a drop a set within the opening week as he eyes an 18th main title, however the world quantity two isn’t anticipating a straightforward trip in opposition to American Tiafoe in what will probably be their first assembly.

“He has all the pieces,” Nadal instructed reporters.

“He is fast, he serves nicely. Very fast forehand, he is a really dynamic participant, aggressive one. After all, he is harmful, he is within the quarter-finals.

“He gained nice matches throughout the entire occasion, it will be a troublesome one, as you anticipate within the quarter-finals of a grand slam. You can not anticipate a straightforward match.

“I simply can say from my facet I am blissful to be in that spherical. I performed some good matches and now could be the second to maintain making steps ahead to provide myself probabilities to maintain going.

“Tomorrow is one other day of follow to maintain working. I’m going to attempt to be 100 per cent prepared as a result of it will be a troublesome one.”

Tiafoe is relishing the prospect of dealing with one of many all-time greats and plans to lap up the event.

“I am so excited to play Rafa. We’ll have some enjoyable, going to have some lengthy rallies. I hope I can play on [Rod] Laver [Arena]. That will be cool. I suppose all of the matches are on Laver now, proper?” mentioned Tiafoe.

“That is simply an honour enjoying on that court docket. Clearly enjoying Laver Cup a pair occasions, attending to know Rod just a little. Clearly he’ll be there, enjoying arguably one of many best tennis gamers of all time, yeah. Simply have some enjoyable on the market.”

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