Nadal Powers Into Australian 3R, Thiem Survives; Federer Seeks Revenge On Millman
by Staff | January 23rd, 2020, 8:53 am

Rafael Nadal advanced to the Australian Open powering past Federico Delbonis in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1 Thursday night. The Spaniard has now won his last eight in Grand Slam play and 26 of his last 28 at this level.

Nadal will have a day off before turning on Sunday to meet countryman Pablo Carreno Busta. He’s just five wins from tying Roger Federer at 20 Slam titles.

Dominic Thiem was nearly bounced out of Melbourne early by an Australian for a second straight year. Last year, it was Alexie Popyrin who stunned the Austrian in the second round. Today, unheralded Alex Bolt took advantage of a Thiem crack leading a set and 5-3. Bolt won four straight games to level then grabbed the third. But Thiem would only lose three more games as Thiem took it 6-2, 5-7, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2.

Daniil Medvedev had a tough first set then pulled away from Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez 7-5, 6-1, 6-3. Popyrin is next for the Russian.

“I managed to stay there all the match, just tried to push him all the time. That worked well today,” Medvedev said.

Medvedev’s countrymen had a good day. Karen Khachanov won an epic over Mikael Ymer 10-8 in the fifth set tiebreaker. And Andrey Rublev stayed perfect in 2020 blasting past Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(5) Rublev is now 10-0 this year. Next will be David Goffin who held off Pierre-Hugues Herbert in five sets.

Alexander Zverev kept his doubles faults at bay with a straight set win over Egor Gerasimov. Gael Monfils eliminated Ivo Karlovic. John Isner and Fernando Verdasco were also winners.

“It was definitely much better than the ATP Cup,” said Zverev who didn’t serve a double fault. “Into the third round again, so I’m very happy about that. It’s always amazing to come back to this court, to come back to Australia, I really love it here.”

Nick Kyrgios failed to close out Giles Simon in three, but he did so in four with a 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win over the French veteran.

“I lost my way a little bit,” Kyrgios told the crowd. “He’s a tough competitor. I could have gone to a very dark place in the 4th set, but I somehow put it away. I’m just happy to go through. It would have been very interesting if it went to a fifth set.”

Kyrgios now gets Khachanov on Saturday.

2014 Champion Stan Wawrinka was against the ropes against Andreas Seppi. The Italian led by a set and served for the second and led with a break in the fifth but Wawrinka survived in five 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

On Friday as the third round begins, Roger Federer will look to avenge a painful 2018 US Open loss to John Millman on the Aussies home turf,

Novak Djokovic faces his second straight Japanese foe in Yoshihito Nishioka and in a showdown of former semifinalists, Milos Raonic meets Stefanos Tsitsipas for a first time.

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15 Comments for Nadal Powers Into Australian 3R, Thiem Survives; Federer Seeks Revenge On Millman

Madmax Says:

AWESOME matches so far from Roger, Rafa and Novak.

Only downside is JMac interviewing Roger. Prefer Jim Courier – always funny.

Great work Fed, and excellent news about the donations from players for the Australian bush fires. Tragic.

Dave Says:


I’m happy to see Ivanisevic in Djokovic’s box. But I thought he wasn’t supposed to be here for this Major. Will he stay the whole major to help coach? I’ve never seen Nole’s serve this good before. He looked really good today.

Wog Boy Says:

Goran wasn’t here for ATP Cup and first 2 rounds, but he will be staying.
So far Black Friday for favourites, Serena, Naomi, Agut, Stefanos out.
Raonic was clinical against Stefanos.

Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

The reason I ask is that the agreement was that Vajda was supposed to be here for 2 of the majors and Goran for the other 2. Not both at the same one. That’s why it’s a pleasant surprise to see them both.

Madmax Says:

Tie break.

Oh My. Roger.

Come on!

Madmax Says:

Oh My. This is the life now. Such a close match throughout. No pressure.

Madmax Says:

The fighting spirit. Who can take that away.


Last man fighting.

Come on Fed! Though heart is pounding.

Daniel Says:

Wow, Federer epic return winning last 6 points of breaker. Had to come to work and didn´t see the last set. Amazing

He will need a quick agaisnt Fucsovics who is playing great and won easily last round. At leats will have less grinding than this match today.

Madmax Says:

Federer fans, when you come onto this site. I can say to you, WHAT A MATCH!

On a Knife Edge.

Mentally, just so draining. Emotional. Do not want to go through this again, but know that I will.

Well done TMF and well done to Millman. Boom Boom goes the heart!


Madmax Says:

Roger Federer survives John Millman 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8)

From a 4-8 deficit in the final set tiebreak, Roger Federer produces the smash-and-grab of the year, winning six points in a row to reach the fourth round.

Incredible.Amazing.Awesome. Toughed it out.

squirrel0209 Says:

So true Madmax, I was on the edge of my seat!!

I thought it was over at 8-4 but what a crazy 6 points!!

So proud of our man!!!

jatin Says:

It was the longest walk from work to my home today. I was so Glued to my phone in that last tiebreaker and as soon as I opened my door, Fed won it.
What a LEGEND…..

And Millman Played the match of his life. He was like Wall, Even more unpenetrable than Novak at times…

skeezer Says:

Epic! 6 straight points in a row in to win it in the TB! Another legendary match from the GOAT.

Daniel Says:

Just realize it was Federer’s centurion in AO, it has to be dramatic.

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