Rafael Nadal's problems against Adrian Mannarino in the 4th round of the Australian Open 2022 last a set. After a thirty-point tie break (and in which he is saved even on four occasions) the Spanish champion spreads between the second and third without making any particular changes to the script.
The French tennis player, evidently tried by the marathon with Aslan Karatsev in the third round, moves the score only on three occasions. Nadal then reaches the quarter-finals on the blue Melbourne Park for the fourteenth time in his career (better only Roger Federer) and makes forty-five in the Slams.
On the podium in this special classification together with the Swiss obviously Novak Djokovic. The 2009 champion, with a positive eight-game run, presumably avoids even the most complicated of obstacles on the way to the final.
Alexander Zverev, beaten by Denis Shapovalov in three sets, once again misses the chance to move forward in the portion of the board left vacant by the world number one. Rafa performed one of the best point of the tournament: during a hard-fought rally, he won the point thanks to a fantastic cross-forehand that once again showed all his technical and physical qualities.
Delivering in the crucial moments.
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