Rafael Nadal's march on the blue of Melbourne Park continues without any particular hitches. Fresh from the very rapid success against Marcos Giron, the very Spanish champion does not make any particular changes to the script in the match-up with Yannick Hanfmann and reaches the third round for the sixteenth time in his career in the Slam down under.
After a relatively poor first set of problems - spiced up only by an empty pass at 2-2 and equally by a 4-0 breakthrough - Nadal gets chances in the four response rounds in the second. Even if he needs the eighth game to deliver the decisive push.
The third set is definitely more struggled, with the 2009 champion who still breaks in the third game and who at the first useful opportunity with the available serve fixed at 6-2 6-3 6-4 the seventy-one success at the Australian Open.
The winner of the match between Bonzi and Khachanov awaits him in the third round. Matteo Berrettini's second round was more complicated than expected, forced by the now ex enfant prodige of the tennis player Stefan Kozlov to four sets.
The American tennis player - a very good sparring partner during the first set - erases the fears, maintains very high standards in response and with an incredibly clean tennis equalizes the score. There is a match up to 4-4 in the third set.
The number one of the Italy group definitively breaks the balance in the tenth game and obviously takes advantage of the collapse of the American (both psychological and mental) to harpoon the final 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-2. In the third round the big match with Carlos Alcaraz, who obviously stores the practice Dusan Lajovic in three sets.
Nadal doesn't want to think long-term yet
Rafael Nadal gave his thoughts on a wide range of topics during his press conference after reaching the third round of the 2022 Australian Open on Wednesday. The Spaniard was asked to give his two cents about still playing elite tennis at the age of 35, despite all the naysayers believing he would burn-out early.
"Well, the positive thing is I achieved much more than I ever dreamed. I was able to spend almost 20 fantastic years on the tour. The rest of the things nothing positive because arrives in the end," Nadal said. "When you get older, the watch never stops, no (smiling)? That's the circus of life.
You need to accept that. But it's all good with me with that. I don't know. I am in the third round. I need to win very tough matches to be there. Is not in my mind now. I have enough work I don't like," the Spaniard said.
"I think playing against Khachanov now, probably Khachanov, going to be a big challenge. Always is a big challenge against Karen. In my situation today going to be even more. I never think that far. You can imagine now less than ever, no? Just staying focused on my daily work, on what's coming, and that's it. One moment in time, that's it," he added.