Australian Open: Rafael Nadal, Angelique Kerber advance to pre-quarterfinals

first_img Next Australian Open: Rafael Nadal, Angelique Kerber advance to pre-quarterfinalsAustralian Open: Rafa Nadal subdued Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-4 while birthday girl Angelique Kerber thrashed Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1 6-0 in their third round matches.advertisement Reuters MelbourneJanuary 18, 2019UPDATED: January 18, 2019 18:19 IST Rafael Nadal won in straight sets in the third round (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal subdued Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-4 in their third round clash at the Australian OpenNadal will play Tomas Berdych in the fourth roundAngelique Kerber thrashed Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1 6-0 to reach the fourth roundRafael Nadal subdued Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-4 in their third round clash at the Australian Open on Friday after dominating the home town’s top-ranked male player.The second seed comfortably controlled baseline exchanges, forcing the young Australian to take ever greater risks to compete with the 17 times Grand Slam champion.Nadal will play Tomas Berdych in the fourth round.Having defeated three Aussies en route to the 4R, @RafaelNadal still manages to thank the Aussie fans who stick by him #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/t2SNWNfMRe#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019250 Grand Slam match wins.@RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/wD4P7p1910#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019It’s been a pleasure @alexdeminaur #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/I1gXplcKY7#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019In he women’s singles, birthday girl Angelique Kerber thrashed Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1 6-0 to reach the fourth round and complete a late-night horror show for the locals at Rod Laver Arena.See you in the second week @AngeliqueKerber #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/H6xmvM0uJT#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019On the day of her 31st birthday, the German former champion has enjoyed a stellar start at Melbourne Park and 240th-ranked Birrell had nowhere to hide in front of a packed centre court crowd.There’s no better place to spend your birthday than the #AusOpen, ey @AngeliqueKerber? pic.twitter.com/ohJXN9NBw4#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019The match followed Rafa Nadal’s straight sets demolition of Australian number one Alex De Minaur.Roaring through the first set in 27 minutes, Kerber’s procession was held up briefly as Birrell saved three match points.advertisementYet the former world number one made no mistake on the fourth, rushing forward to hammer a forehand winner down the line to set up a clash against American Danielle Collins.The best birthday present you could ask for @AngeliqueKerber def. Kimberly Birrell 6-1 6-0, advancing to the #AusOpen 4R for the sixth time. pic.twitter.com/kP3joDoYsr#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Angelique KerberFollow Australian Openlast_img