Rafael Nadal discovers Australian Open quarter-final opponent after forced withdrawal

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Rafael Nadal hasn’t had to wait as long as he thought to discover his Australian Open quarter-final opponent after defeating Fabio Fognini on Sunday. The Spaniard was in top form against the Italian, booking his place in the second week of the Australian Open in straight sets.

Nadal’s match against Fognini was the last on Rod Laver Arena in the day session with his quarter-final opponent to be decided in the night session.

Berrettini, who recorded an impressive straight-sets victory over No 19 seed Karen Khachanov in the previous round, was set to face Stefanos Tsitsipas.

But the Italian was forced to withdraw with an abdominal strain, giving Tsitsipas a walkover into the quarter-finals.

It means Nadal will face the Greek tennis star in the next round for the second time at the Australian Open.

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