August 19, 2018

Nadal through to fourth round, Halep suffers upset (Guardian)

Nadal through to fourth round, Halep suffers upset (Guardian)

Rafael Nadal sailed into the fourth round with a 6/1; 6/2; 6/4 victory over Alex De Minaur of Australia while the top seeded Simona Halep suffered a heart-breaking upset in the hands of Su-Wei Hsieh from Chinese (Taipei) 6/3; 4/6; 7/5.

The Nadal match on Centre Court started routinely with Nadal holding serve to register 1-0 on the score board. In the fourth game with De Minaur’ serving at 40-30, Nadal battled to deuce and took the next two advantage points yet required a third opportunity for the break and a 3-1 lead. A second break of De Minaur’s serve had Nadal serving out the set at 6-1.

In the second set, games proceeded with serve until Nadal took De Minaur to deuce and gained the break to lead 3-2. He extended the lead to 4-2. In the seventh game, the Australian faced three break points and conceded the game.  Read more

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