Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday for the fifth year in a row.

The 34-year-old Spaniard won after a rough start in three sets against Briton Cameron Norrie.

Daniil Medvedev had to overcome his frustrations to reach the next round with a five-setter, while Stéfanos convinced Tsitsipás in the third round.

Nadal started his match against Norrie with difficulty in an empty Rod Laver Arena.

The second-placed Spaniard lost his service early in the first set against the global number 69, but he immediately cleared the break and took the first point 7-5.

Despite seven missed breakpoints, Nadal was a size too big for Norrie in the future: 6-2, 7-5.

From 2017, Nadal made it to at least the fourth round of the Australian Open every year.

In 2017 and 2019 he even reached the final, but in that he lost to Roger Federer (2017) and Novak Djokovic (2019).

Nadal won the first Grand Slam tournament of the year only once, in 2009. Last year he was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Dominic Thiem.

Nadal did not seem completely fit against Norrie.

He has been struggling with back problems for several weeks and canceled for the ATP Cup prior to the Australian Open.

The problems seemed to have been resolved just in time, but Nadal said on Friday that he is still struggling with the injury.

In Melbourne, Nadal hopes to reach a lonely height in terms of Grand Slam titles.

The Spaniard currently has 20 Grand Slam victories, the same as his rival Federer.

The latter is missing from the Australian Open due to an injury.

In the eighth finals, Nadal awaits a meeting with Fabio Fognini, who was too strong for Alex De Minaur in three sets: 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Daniil Medvedev had to go deep to beat Filip Krajinovic.

Daniil Medvedev had to go deep to beat Filip Krajinovic.

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Medvedev wins five-setter for the first time

On the same day, Medvedev needed a five-setter (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0) to overcome Serbian Filip Krajinovic.

The Russian thus booked his seventeenth victory in a row.

He consecutively won the Masters tournament in Paris, the ATP Finals in London and with the Russian team the ATP Cup in Melbourne.

The number four in the world is in the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third year in a row.

Medvedev lost all six previous five-set players in his career, including those in the 2019 US Open final against Rafael Nadal.

"I can still remember many of those fifth sets," said 25-year-old Medvedev.

"I even had a break in three or four of them. I have always said that you need experience in a fifth set. When I came for a break today, I kept everything under control. I was nervous. Now I stayed very calm and that helped me win the game. "

Medvedev was certainly not calm in the fourth set.

He shouted in Russian, English and French and was concerned about the camera hanging above the court, among other things, because it would distract when serving.

"

This Australian Open sucks

", he shouted, among other things.

Trailing 4-1 in the fourth set, Medvedev's French coach Gilles Cervara left the stadium after the Russian shouted some things to him.

"Just before he walked away, Gilles said I was going to win. He wanted to leave it to calm me down. That's all I want to say about it," Medvedev said.

Due to the new lockdown in Melbourne, Stefános Tsitsipás and others played in front of empty stands on Saturday.

Due to the new lockdown in Melbourne, Stefános Tsitsipás and others played in front of empty stands on Saturday.

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Tsitsipás easily wins from training partner

Tsitsipás, like Medvedev one of the emerging talents hoping to dethrone the big three (Federer, Nadal and Djokovic), had much less trouble making it to the fourth round.

The 22-year-old Greek won 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 against his Swedish peer Mikael Ymer.

Tsitsipás and the Swede Ymer regularly played against each other in the juniors and trained together daily in Melbourne during the mandatory quarantine.

In the last sixteen, Tsitsipás takes on Matteo Berrettini.

The number ten in the world needed three tiebreaks to get rid of the Russian Karen Khachanov: 7-6 (1), 7-5 (5), 7-6 (5).

In the last set, the Italian still had to be treated extensively on his rib or side, but that did not prevent a victory.

Other results third round Australian Open men's tournament

  • Casper Ruud (Noo, 28) -Radu Albot (Mol, 85): 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

  • Mackenzie McDonald (US, 192) -Lloyd Harris (ZAf, 91): 7-6 (7), 6-1, 6-4

  • Alexander Rublev (Russian, 8) -Feliciano López (Spa, 65): 7-5, 6-2, 6-3

  • Matteo Berrettini (Ita, 10) -Karen Khachanov (Russian, 19): 7-6 (1), 7-5 (5), 7-6 (5)

  • Cameron Norrie (Gbr, 69) -Rafael Nadal (Spa, 2): 5-7, 2-6, 5-7

  • Fabio Fognini (Ita, 17) -Alex De Minaur (Aus, 23): 6-4, 6-3, 6-4