Rafael Nadal books Australian Open quarter-final place with victory over Adrian Mannarino

Rafael Nadal is through to the quarter-final stage at the Australian Open for a 14th time. The world No 5 seemed unbothered by the sweltering Melbourne weather as he defeated Adrian Mannarino 7-6(14) 6-2 6-2 in two hours and X minutes.

Nadal played what he said was the “best match” of his comeback so far in the previous round to make it to the second week.

The 2009 Aussie Open champion was emotional in his interviews after defeating Karen Khachanov in the third-round, admitting he sometimes doubted whether he’d return to the tour.

But he was well and truly back, making his 15th appearance in the second week as he took on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the round-of-16 on Sunday.

The world No 69 had defeated 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz and last year’s semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev en route to the second week.

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