Nadal survives Monfils fightback to reach quarter-finals

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Nadal survives Monfils fightback to reach quarter-finals

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates beating France's Gael Monfils in their men's singles fourth round match on day eight of the Australian Open

JASON REED

REUTERS

Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

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Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Spain's Rafael Nadal applauds as France's Gael Monfils waves

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, AustraliaSpain's Rafael Nadal applauds as France's Gael Monfils waves

Former champion Nadal had not reached the last eight in a major since the 2015 French Open, so he celebrated wildly after closing out the two-hour 56-minute clash at a packed Rod Laver Arena.

Not pretty

It was not the most convincing of wins for the 30-year-old Spaniard, who was rattled when Monfils rallied in the fourth set, but the 14-times grand slam champion was clinical when it counted to keep his pursuit of a 15th major title alive.

Nadal will meet third seed Milos Raonic for a place in the semi-finals.

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