Rafael Nadal is aware that defeating Frances Tiafoe in the quarter-finals on Tuesday at the Australian Open will not be easy for him. It will be their first meeting on the professional tour, and in a press conference the Spaniard said: "I know him, of course.
He has been on the tour for a while. He's young. When you have younger players coming, they have always more attention to everyone. He has everything. He's quick. He serve well. Very quick forehand. He's a very dynamic player, aggressive one.
Of course, he's dangerous. He's in quarterfinals. He won great matches during the whole event. Going to be a tough one. Let's see. Going to be the first meeting for us. Going to be a tough one, as you can expect in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.
You cannot expect an easy match. I just can say from my side I'm happy to be in that round. I played some good matches until that round, and now is the moment to keep doing steps forward to keep having chances to keep -- to give myself chances to keep going.
Tomorrow another day of practice to keep working. I going to try to be 100% ready because going to be a tough one." Nadal won all the 12 sets he played so far in the tournament. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title