Nadal advances to set up showdown with Raonic

The Croatian player reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final for 18-years by beating American qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2.

As he analyzed the ups and downs of Monday's win with his support team, they were struck with a thought: Raonic got through this one just as he did his fourth-round match at Wimbledon past year against David Goffin of Belgium, coming back from down two sets to none.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating France's Gael Monfils in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

The day sessions concludes with 11th seed David Goffin taking on 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Monfils, who has never reached a Grand Slam final, broke back at 3-3, but Nadal responded with a double break to give himself a comfortable cushion.

"A pleasure to see him in the top of the rankings, it is great for our sport".

For just under three hours, the resurgent Spaniard grappled with one of the tour's most electric characters, and while Monfils caught fire in the latter stages, Nadal's blistering start had already set the tone for his four-set triumph.

For Nadal, his first priority is No. 3-seeded Milos Raonic.

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If the 35 year-old father of four makes it past two more matches, everyone is hoping the opponent he will be facing is his famous rival, Rafael Nadal, for a fairytale final made in tennis heaven.

"It's good to know I have a Plan B, or Option 2". "Was not easy to control the ball because the first two sets it was really sunny and the ball, it was bouncing really high, so it was not easy to control the ball".

Roddick feels the speed could be an advantage for Federer, saying: "I'm sure Roger's not disappointed in the way the courts were playing when he got here ahead of this tournament".

"It sort of crosses your mind", he said after his 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Roberto Bautista Agut in the fourth round on Monday.

"Honestly, I have nothing to lose".

Czech Republic's Karolína Plíšková beat home favourite Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3 to set up a tie with Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. I was [sic] knowing a little bit of Sydney and we enjoyed it. Moreover, both players have a few obstacles to overcome before that possibility can become a reality.

"That's the reality of games against players like that, and Raonic aside from that he's fantastic, the "top 2" in the world, he plays well and it's complicated", he added.


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