The specialists consider that Alex de Miñaur has a splendid future. The boy, only 19 years old and already installed in the 29th step of the ATP, already frequents the main tables of the big tournaments and only a week ago he won his first trophy in the elite in Sydney. Despite being still in training, it offers smart tennis that goes beyond the general norm and stands out from the rest. power-game of your baking partners. Think, process, vary heights; Technically it is very complete and it does almost everything well. Surely, it will shine later, but for the moment, at the junction against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne, a huge dose of reality came in: 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4.
Number two, 13 years older than him, drowned him in 2h 22m. The Spaniard continued with the set-up week and after two filming stations (James Duckworth Y Matthew Ebden) was with a rival that came to him as a glove, because De Miñaur, all good manners, still green, offered him what he needed most: rhythm, ball, game. Yes in the two previous duels rust was removed and activated the automatisms, this time Nadal enjoyed a crossroads to grease the gear and selectively activate the turbo before facing the eighth, against Tomas Berdych.
Acquire Nadal temperature at the right time, already entered in the middle phase of the tournament, when you really have to raise the tone and start showing the cards. If in the previous round you already drew the drive, in this one was given a feast before De Miñaur, so promising as tender, too helpless still. He has no weaknesses the young; However, for the moment it falls short in all sections. He has no fissures and his determination is clear, but he lacks a masterful blow that allows him to harm giants like Nadal.
You could see the last course, in Wimbledon, and it was reflected again in Melbourne. He proposed constantly the rally and in that land Nadal was shot and had fun. He gave two bites in the first set –breaks for 3-1 and 5-1-, another two in the second -in the first and fifth games- and one more in the third, in the beginning. A single truce is not granted. Yes the Mallorcan was allowed some other frivolity, as a passing arched that interrupted the anticipated celebration of the grandstand, which already celebrated the point of the Australian boy, of Spanish origin. Nadal wore legs and banana, and pulled the resigned smile of the boy: incredible but true, he did, came to the ball and then put it.
Baptist, before his barrier in the great
Again, the Nadal service sheet revealed considerable figures: 82% with first serves, 37 winners and 79% in the network. A single but, the 6 double faults. He put the direct, although Carlos Ramos admonished him when he pulled out to close for being delayed, and instructed De Miñaur, Now, Berdych. I miss the Czech, the Balearic executioner in the quarters of 2015 and in good shape in this season start; however, much less come in recent times, to the point that at the end of last year seriously considered the withdrawal. Finalist in Wimbledon (2010) and six times semifinalist in Grand Slams, already far from the best, in the 57th position of the ranking.
Next to Nadal, the day left another formidable news with the advance of Roberto Bautista. The Castellon, in an ascending line, got rid of Karen Khachanov, one of the young people who comes with more strength: 6-4, 7-5 and 6-4, in 2h 08m. Despite the requirement of the two previous games, in which he invested 7h 57m against Andy Murray and John Millman, he overcame and agreed to the next round, which will be on the other side of the net the winner of the Fernando Verdasco and Marin Cilic. It will have, in this way, the opportunity to break its barrier in the majors. In Australia it reached the eighth in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The serve of Federer, the precocity of Anisimova
On the other hand, Roger Federer he raised the level he had been offering and sensibly knocked down young Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. The Swiss, champion in 2017 and 2018, registered a stratospheric 93% of points with first services; that is, he only gave three (40/43). In the same line he intervened in the network: 15 hits in his 18 approaches. With this card of presentation will disembark in the eighths, where an interesting clash awaits him with Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-3, 3-6, 7-6 and 6-4 to Nikoloz Basilashvili). The Greek is, without doubt, one of the young people with the greatest potential that appears from the new generation.
In the women's draw, the main protagonist was Maria Sharapova, who dethroned the Danish Caroline Wozniacki: 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3. Masha He dispatched the winner of last year on a magnificent pulse and will face the Australian Ashleigh Barty. In addition, the day left another proper name: Amanda Anisimova. The 17-year-old American is the youngest player in the top-100 of the WTA and agreed to the knockout when beating (6-3 and 6-2) to Aryna Sabalenka, one of the tennis players who is approaching the noble zone of the circuit with more force. Now he will test the experienced Petra Kvitova.
MALE PICTURE: Rafael Nadal, 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 to Alex de Miñaur; Roberto Bautista, 6-4, 7-5 and 6-4 to Karen Khachanov; Roger Federer, 6-2, 7-5 and 6-2 to Taylor Fritz; Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 and 6-4 to Nikoloz Basilashvili; Tomas Berdych, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 and 6-4 to Diego Schwartzman; Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6, 6-4 and 6-4 to Thomas Fabbiano; Frances Tiafoe, 6-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3 to Andreas Seppi.
FEMALE PICTURE: Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3 to Caroline Wozniacki; Ashleigh Barty, 7-5 and 6-1 to Maria Sakkari; Petra Kvitova, 6-1 and 6-4 to Belinda Bencic; Amanda Anisimova, 6-3 and 6-2 to Aryna Sabalenka; Anastasia Pavluychenkova, 6-0 and 6-3 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich; Sloane Stephens, double 7-6 to Petra Matic; Danielle Collins, 6-3 and 6-2 to Caroline Garcia.