Australian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Pablo Carreno Busta to make last 16
Top seed Rafael Nadal cruised Spanish compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets to reach the Australian Open fourth round.
Nadal, 33, was eloquent as he raced into a two-set direct, letting just five return points to Carreno Busta, on serve.
Carreno Busta, seeded 27th, fared little better as Nadal wrapped up a 6-4 win.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner could confront Australian Nick Kyrgios in the last 16.
24, kyrgios, plays with with his game in Melbourne Park in the future Saturday against Russian 16th seed Karen Khachanov.
The prospect of another meeting between the group is a one Together with Nadal and 23rd-seed Kyrgios not visiting eye-to-eye in the past few decades.
Kyrgios mocked Nadal’s superstitious ceremony regular, as did rival Gilles Simon, in his win on the Frenchman.
“It was my best game of the championship without a doubt,” said Nadal, who struck 42 winners and made only seven unforced mistakes.
“When the conditions are somewhat warmer the ball bounces higher and flies through the air. That helps my game.
“I did really well with my functions and started to hit some forehands down the road. That’s crucial for me.”
Nadal, who has won the Australian Open in 2009, put up from Kyrgios with a win over his buddy Carreno Busta, with.
Nadal set the tone by breaking into the second game of this game, pinching Carreno Busta’s perform the next four occasions on a sun-soaked Rod Laver Arena.
Victory also lasted the dominance of Nadal . The Majorcan left-hander has won his 18 suits against Spanish resistance, stretching back into a 2016 Australian Open first-round conquer by Fernando Verdasco.