Australian Open: Nadal thrashes Berdych to reach quarters, Tiafoe beats Dimitrov on birthday

first_imgRafa Nadal routed Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-1, 7-6(4) in a centre court masterclass to charge into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.The 2009 champion was relentless at Rod Laver Arena, claiming the first two sets in an astonishing 51 minutes and firing 32 winners past the hapless Czech to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park for the 11th time.Spaniard Nadal, who avenged his defeat to the former world number four in the quarter-final of the 2015 tournament, sealed the win on his first match point when the Czech hammered into the net.Bidding for an 18th Grand Slam title, second seed Nadal will play unseeded American Frances Tiafoe for a place in the semi-finals.37 Grand Slam quarterfinals #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/KDeCUXuMMe#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019TIAFOE’S QUARTER-FINAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONAmerican Frances Tiafoe celebrated his 21st birthday by stunning Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-7(1), 7-5 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on [email protected] is just the second American male player to reach the #AusOpen quarterfinals since @andyroddick in 2010.Match report : https://t.co/NdVtVBrNVS pic.twitter.com/yGBeJ9iRet#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 20, 2019Tiafoe, the last American man standing at Melbourne Park, fended off four early break points in a sluggish start before taking his own opportunities on Dimitrov’s serve to claim the opening set.Former Melbourne semi-finalist Dimitrov had three sets points to draw level but Tiafoe refused to wilt under the pressure and reeled off five straight points to move two sets ahead.Dimitrov, who has slipped just outside the top 20 in the world after early exits in his last three Grand Slams appearances, dug deep to fight his way back, claiming the third set in another tiebreak.advertisementBut Tiafoe was back on top in the fourth set, clinching a decisive break in the 11th game before serving out to seal a quarter-final.Also Read | Former champion Angelique Kerber stunned in fourth roundAlso Read | Maria Sharapova ousted as Barty wins thriller to reach quartersAlso Read | Petra Kvitova storms into quarters after outclassing Amanda Anisimovalast_img read more