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Rafael Nadal vs Gael Monfils Australian Open 2017 Day 8 Live Score Match Updates

Nadal beats Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Updated: 23 January 2017 18:42 IST - Published: 23 January 2017 07:32 IST
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And it's all over! Rafael Nadal beats Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
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And Nadal finally wins. A raucous set of cheers and he's as relieved as they are.
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Monfils now serves to stay in the set - and the match! 
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Monfils is really enjoying this - and it shows! He signals to the crowd to 'chill out', and he's quite focused now.
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Back to back ace and an extremely quick forehand winner from Monfils. Another hold to love?
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What is going on? Ideally for Nadal, he should have finished this off a set ago. Right now, there's a big attack being mounted by Monfils - who incidentally is the higher-seeded here. 
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BREAK! Monfils leads 3 games 2 up a break of serve with that whopper.
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Nadal is visibly angry here - with himself most likely. Monfils isn't out yet.
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That was an incredible rally. 32 shots in that rally. Thirty-two! And Monfils sends a beautiful cross-court forehand and it's DONE! Point taken - and he's about to break to love!
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Another leaping shot! How athletic is Monfils today? 
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A quieter game from Monfils, but a good one nevertheless. Right now, Nadal races to a love hold! 
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Nadal's up a service game in the fourth. Can he finish this off now? An almighty leap from Monfils right there - and he's about to hold his service game quickly! 
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Nadal, up two sets to 1, is still the firm favourite. 
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Monfils is celebrating as though the match is won. Not yet, Gael, not yet! 
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And that's it! Third set to Gael Monfils, 6-4! 
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Back to deuce.. but yet another ace from Monfils. Where is he pulling these from?! 224km/h. Wow.
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What a shot. And an extremely well-timed ace from Monfils! Advantage Monfils - and set point!
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Advantage Nadal - and an advantage that's frittered away with a shot straight into the net. 
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And almost immediately, Nadal's creating the opportunity to break back. But that was a wild, wide forehand. And that sends the game to deuce.
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Double fault from Nadal at the worst possible time. And then a forehand sent out wide. Dear oh dear. 
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It ain't over till it's over! It's Monfils who breaks first here - and leads 5-4! He'll now serve for the set. 
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4-4. Chugging along nicely, and given Nadal's on serve this should be easy... but wait, Monfils creating a break opportunity here..
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Nadal is closing in on the win here. Leading 4-3. No sign of a break or anything here..
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Outrageous rally - and they're moving alright! Monfils seals that with a kiss - to the line! And he holds. They're at 3-3 and Monfils appears to have picked up his game here. 
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And a 214km/h ace from Monfils. What is this?! 
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But this game isn't quite done yet. Advantage Monfils quickly negated with a ridiculous forehand winner from Nadal. 
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Game point Monfils - and that winner looked in! After a challenge, it is! 
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What a shot! Monfils jumps HIGH in the air for that shot - but a service hold for Rafa! Indicative of Monfils, firing some really great big shots - but then bottling. Will Nadal break in this set and take the crucial lead for the win, or are we going to a fourth set?
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And he holds! This game is moving ever a bit so slowly and Monfils is playing some great cross-court backhands. Unfortunately, they're not as perfectly aimed as he'd like.
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We're nearly 15 minutes in, and Nadal is up 2-1. No breaks of serve just yet and Monfils is about to hold to love! 
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Service hold! We're going along nicely - 1-1 in the third. And this is where Nadal will hope to finish it off.
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Summarising the set: We've seen some real flashes of brilliance from the flexible, agile Monfils here. Unfortunately, they've remained just that. Flashes. Nadal has been by far the more consistent, constantly here. 
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Nadal's got purpose and fire in his eyes, and he seals out the second set despite a few good attempts from Monfils.


Monfils' winner to unforced error ratio - 9:8, with Nadal managing 10 winners to only 4 unforced errors.
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Nadal whacks a forehand in, and a long, quick rally ensues. But there's a MASSIVE reach from Monfils to reach for a near-impossible-to-get Rafa backhand, and Monfils SLIDES in there, smooth as butter, to hit it - backwards! 

Unfortunately, the point is long. But it was worth a point for the attempt alone! 

Nadal seals out the game to lead 5-3.
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Nadal is now up a set 6-3, and at 4-3 in the second. He's running away with this, it would seem..
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That didn't last long... Nadal breaks Monfils right back to love! Scores at 4-3.
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And he breaks back!! Monfils equalises for 3-3 and Nadal decides that he'll bring out the banana shot instead. 
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Sliderman, as Monfils is popularly known, will put all of himself into a point, and bottle almost immediately. But wait, what's this? A chance for a break? 
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Monfils holds this game. He has flashes of brilliance - and pulls out a couple of great big forehands, but he's going to be let down by his inconsistency, it would seem. He trails 2-3 now.
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The odds are against Monfils here in Melbourne. Down 1-3, he's about to hold serve. But he looks fatigued - and still, cheerful! 
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Nadal is up 2-0 - but there's Monfils with a love hold. Inspired game there!
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Many have said Monfils' biggest letdown is his mental game - and they may be right. Today, despite a few niggles and an early call for medical attention, Monfils is returning fairly well - and sneaking a couple of aces in between those pesky errors and double faults..
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Nadal's forehands are powerful today - and more than a couple of them are going wide! 
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If Nadal wins this today, which is looking likely, it'll be his first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2015. 
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Nadal races to a hold in the first game of the second set and he's serving quick and fast! 1-0.
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And there's the set to Rafa Nadal, 6-3. Some brilliant consistency here from the Spaniard - and a lack of it from Monfils.