- Game-by-game report of the round-of-32 match on Rod Laver
- Confident De Minaur unruffled by prospect of facing Nadal again
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The comeback’s on when Nadal slices wide for 15-30! Then he earns a break point, Nadal pushing a forehand wide for 30-40! Yet the game goes to deuce when the youngster dabs a backhand wide. Nadal seems to have relaxed and gives up another chance with a poor volley. He refocuses and saves the break point with a vicious forehand. De Minaur’s proving a nuisance and he earns a third opportunity when Nadal knocks an unsteady forehand wide. Nadal serves well to save it, before earning his first set point, one he converts when De Minaur sends a return long.
Second set: Nadal 6-1, 5-2 De Minaur* (*denotes server): Serving to stay in the set, De Minaur rouses the crowd with a lovely forehand winner for 40-15 and an ace to hold. The comeback’s on!Continue reading...