Melbourne: Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal continued his dream run at the Australian Open 2017 when he defeated Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a 2 hour 56 minute battle.
The 30-year-old Spaniard, after steamrolling over Monfils in the first two sets (6-3, 6-3), stumbled in the third set and the Frenchman grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Monfils continued to dominate Nadal in the fourth set before the latter put on display immense character to enter the last eight for the first time since the French Open in 2015.
“Gael is a really special player. One of the most charismatic players on tour, so it’s a pleasure to see him doing so well. It’s great news for our sport,” Nadal said after the victory.
“I had chances in the third and didn’t take them so it’s dangerous. He had some huge serves and you are under problems against a big player like him,” he added.
Nadal, who won the title in 2009 will be making his ninth appearance in the final eight at Melbourne Park.
For The King of Clay it’s his first grand slam quarter final appearance since the French Open in 2015 where he was crushed by Novak Djokovic.
Spain’s Raging Bull, who has struggled with injuries over the past couple of years, is eying his first major since claiming his 14th Grand Slam at the 2014 French Open.
Nadal will now meet Milos Raonic of Canada, who is also seeded third in the tournament.