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Saturday, December 03, 2022

With his nose and tennis in optimum position, Nadal moves on

With his nose and tennis in optimum position, Nadal moves on

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Rafael Nadal’s nose looked fine, without stitches or even duct tape, 48 hours after he was bleeding from an accidental self-inflicted racket.

“It’s a little bigger than usual, but that’s okay,” she said with a smile. “The nose is still there.”

As for the Spaniard’s tennis, he was also in excellent shape, as is often the case against Richard Gasquet.

Nadal improved his career to 18–0 against Gasquet, and increased the number of consecutive set wins against the Frenchman to 34. They entered the third round on Saturday with a 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 win.

After taking the second seed’s opening nine games, Gasquet eventually won the match in one, 70 minutes. A 97 mph serve was answered by a shot that crashed into the net by the 22-time Grand Slam champion.

Gasket raised both hands to applause from the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

But everything returned to normal immediately after this duel between the 36-year-old tennis players. Nadal showed power with ground level shots and placed the balls with such precision that there was no escape for Gasket, who once ranked in the top 10 in the world but is currently ranked 91st.

In the third set alone, Gasquet made the match more competitive, drawing 5–5, before Nadal won the final two games to improve to 22–0 in Grand Slam doubles in 2022.

The next station for the Spaniard is a duel against Frances Taifo, an American who reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the third year in a row. Nadal has a 2-0 record against Tiafo.

“Now I think I can beat him… I’ll definitely give it a try,” said 24-year-old Tiafo, who beat Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman (14th), 7-6 (7), 6 on Monday. I’m going.” -4, 6-4.

The last American to anchor the fourth round three times in a row was Mardi Fish in 2012.

Nadal won the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. He settled for the Wimbledon semi-finals but gave up before playing due to a tummy ache.

A day after Serena Williams said goodbye, some tennis players revealed they didn’t want to miss the emotional session either.

Jessica Pegula and Petra Kvitova watched it on TV from their hotel rooms.

And on Saturday, the two won to settle in the fourth round, something Williams couldn’t achieve the day before.

“Of course I looked at Serena like everyone else and beat Yuan Yu 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-0,” said 28-year-old American Pegula, seeded eighth at Flushing Meadows. “How the game ended, It hurts. I don’t know, I also got emotional seeing how excited she was.”

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova of the Czech Republic said she was inspired by the latest feat of 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams, who saved five match points but lost to Australian Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets on Friday.

“It was very special. She didn’t want to leave the field, not at all. The same thing happened to me today, really. I didn’t want to leave the tournament, so I was kind of fighting there,” said Kvitova, who played the Spanish- Venezuela wiped out the deficit with a few match points after defeating Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6 -3. , 7-6 (12-10).

“This is what Serena showed the night before,” said Kvitova, who dropped her racket and covered her face after finishing the playoffs, which she called a nightmare. “Good to see his fight till the end yesterday.”

Yes, Williams is gone, leaving the last Major and in a way all women’s tennis without its biggest star. But the show must go on.

World number one Inga Swietek of Poland defeated Lauren Davies 6-3, 6-4, while Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus defeated Clara Burrell 6-0, 6-2.

In the last match of the night, Daniel Collins beat France’s Elije Cornet 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) after Nadal.

In other matches on Saturday, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka defeated Petra Martic 6-3, 6-0; 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz (3rd) beat local Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3, 6-3; Cam Nori (7th) defeated Holger Rune (28th) 7-5, 6-4, 6-1 and Andrey Rublev (9th) defeated Denis Shapovalov (19th) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3 ) defeated. 6-4, 7-6 (10-7).

The next stage will be the meeting of Norrie and Rublev.

Also, Czech Karolina Pliskova defeated defending Olympic champion Swiss Belinda Bencic 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

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