Nadal played a good game and was the better player throughout the game. A bad game seemed to cost him the second set, the Spaniard was a break behind and Fognini seemed on his way to a set win. However, Nadal did not let it get that far. He shifted up a gear, broke back and then managed to break again to get the set.
An early break by Nadal in the third set was no longer recovered by the Italian. Fognini tried to force something with all or nothing play, but to no avail.
In the quarterfinals, Nadal plays against the winner between the match of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berretini who will play later today.
Solid Medvedev through to quarterfinals
Tennis player Daniil Medvedev has progressed to the quarter finals of the Australian Open. Where the Russian still had some trouble with the Servier Filip Krajinovic in the previous round and only triumphed in five sets, it went a lot smoother against the American Mackenzie McDonald: 6-4 6-2 6-3.
Medvedev mainly exploited many break opportunities. Of the seven chances he got, the Russian managed to turn six into a break. The victory was the continuation of a great series. It is the eighteenth game in a row in which Medvedev remains unbeaten, he last lost in November last year.
The victory of Daniil Medvedev over Mackenzie McDonald meant the eighteenth victory in a row for the Russian.
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Medvedev can prepare in the quarter-finals for a confrontation with a fellow countryman. The seventh seed Andrej Roeblev got his place in the last eight as a gift by the abandonment of opponent Caper Ruud. The Norwegian retired from 2-0 in sets due to an injury.
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