Rafael Nadal met Federico Delbonis, while Daniil Medvedev faced Pedro Martinez in the second round of the Australian Open, on January 23.
Nadal won all three of his previous matches with Delbonis. The Spanish player has not lost a set to his Argentinian opponent, and has never let the opponent win more than three games in each set. At the most recent encounter at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Nadal won easily 6-2, 6-1.
Delbonis is also left-handed and won Novak Djokovic a set at ATP Miami last year. In the first round of the Australian Open, the world’s No. 76 player beat Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. But Nadal has not lost in the last 13 times against the left-handed players. The Spaniard has never failed in the second round of the Australian Open.
Nadal, earlier, started his journey in the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Hugo Dellien. The world’s number one player will meet Delbonis expected at 16:30 today.
In the morning, the biggest obstacle in Nadal’s semifinals will be played. Daniil Medvedev, after a tough first round match with Frances Tiafoe, only had to face Pedro Martinez in the second round.
Martinez, the world’s 168 player, surprised Dominik Koepfer after three sets in the first round. The 22-year-old has never previously won at the ATP Tour. Medvedev has just experienced 2019 successfully, with many wins (59) and many times to the most final (9) on the Tour.
Never reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, but Medvedev’s performance has improved year by year. The Russian player was eliminated in the first round of 2017, going to the second round of 2018 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of 2019.
Also in this bracket, fifth seed Dominic Thiem will meet host Alex Bolt today. Seventh seed Alexander Zverev confronts Egor Gerasimov, Stan Wawrinka encounters Andreas Seppi while “test horse” Nick Kyrgios encounters Gilles Simon.