RAFAEL NADAL dropped his first set of the match however recovered to defeat Diego Schwartzman and guarantee he’ll keep world primary after the Australian Open.
The highest seed discovered himself in an actual battle within the fourth spherical with diminutive Argentinian Schwartzman, who stands solely 5ft 7in tall however packs a punch.
The 25-year-old can be an incredible fighter and recovered from a break down thrice to take the second set earlier than Nadal finally floor out a 6-Three 6-7 (four/7) 6-Three 6-Three victory after three hours and 51 minutes.
Reaching the quarter-finals means Roger Federer can now not catch Nadal within the rankings this fortnight even when he efficiently defends the title he received by defeating the Spaniard 12 months in the past.
Federer is now the one man left within the match to not have dropped a set, and Nadal will likely be relieved to have survived this check.
He would possibly properly have received in straight units but additionally discovered his serve underneath close to fixed stress, saving 15 of the 18 break factors he confronted.
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The victory sent Nadal through to his 10th Australian Open quarter-final and 33rd overall at the slams, where he will face sixth seed Marin Cilic, who won his own tough battle 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/0) 7-6 (7/3) against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Meanwhile, Kyle Edmund defeated Andreas Seppi 6-7 (4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 to advance to an Australian Open quarterfinal against either third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov or Nick Kyrgios.
It’s the British player’s first quarter-final appearance in Melbourne and his best Grand Slam singles result.
But he could come up against Nadal in the semi-finals if he gets through.