Rafael Nadal BEATS Diego Schwartzman in gruelling Australian Open clash

HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day seven

It wasn't easy for the Spaniard, but he found a way through to win 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3.

Dimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here previous year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion. Both players were hoping to strike early in the third set to keep it much shorter this time around. "This is normally something that he feels a bit more uncomfortable", Nadal said.

"This was the first big match I have played in 2018 and I was able to fight until the end".

I think Rafa played good points in that moments, playing aggressive.

There was also a moment to remember for Kyle Edmund, as he came back from a set down to beat Andreas Seppi 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 and progress into a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in his career.

"I had my 300th win of my career at the US Open in 2014, so this is also a lovely one and I hope I'm going to continue and get the three more here".

"I know I'm going to have a tough opponent in Cilic".

Nadal lost last year's Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.

Rafael Nadal came into the fourth round having not dropped a set so far in the Australian Open.

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That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker. Schwartzman had good looks on a couple of chances but two loose forehands long, along with a Nadal victor brought it back to deuce.

The fourth set started with the Argentinian holding serve comfortably then Nadal saved five break points in a 13-minute second game to make it 1-1 and then immediately broke to lead 2-1.

"It was a good test but at the same time I prefer to win in two hours than in four", Nadal said. It was a lot of hours on court.

Dimitrov said he won't get caught up in the moment, or the expected parochial crowd cheering on Kyrgios' attempt to become the first Australian man since 1976 (Mark Edmondson) to win the Australian title.

The Taiwanese-Chinese duo are to face Czech fourth seeds Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, who had to rally from a set down before overcoming Sorana Cirstea of Romania and Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Dimitrov beat Edmund two weeks ago in Brisbane, although it was nip and tuck until the British number two turned his ankle late in the third set. Kyrgios pulled out of his doubles pairing with Matt Reid on Friday to save himself for the Dimitrov match.

Schwartzman dug deep to save two match points on his serve, conjuring some brilliant winners in the process.

Schwartzman won the breaker 7-4 to claim the set 7-6 and get the match all square at a set each.

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