Australian Open 2018, Day 5: Rafael Nadal vs Damir Džumhur, Live Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJan 19, 2018 10:18 GMT

Nadal def Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to enter R4


10:18 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

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10:16 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

That was quite a comfortable outing for the Spaniard. He wasn't exactly very sharp as the score suggests but he was definitely good enough to lift his game on the crucial points and get an easy win.

10:11 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

Final score: Nadal def Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to enter R4

10:08 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

The 16-time Grand Slam champion marches into the Round of 16.

10:08 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


And with his fourth ace, Rafa closes out the match!

10:05 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

3rd match point for Rafa

10:05 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

And both saved due to a Dzumhur winner and a Rafa unforced error

10:04 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

2 match points for Nadal 


10:02 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


It's a double break for the World No. 1 as he will now attempt to serve out the match.


09:58 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

Some great exchange between Nadal and Dzumhur but the top seed still holds firm.


09:49 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

It's a 3-0 lead for the 2009 champion as he races towards the finish line

09:42 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


And Rafa immediately pounces on Damir's serve to get an early break.


09:37 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

And it's a massive hold for Rafa to start Set 3.

Serve speeds dropped and Dzumhur started returning well and even had a break point.

But he holds and leads 1-0

09:23 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

Rafa leads by two sets to love!

09:23 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


And it didn't take him long to grab the second set.

He breaks his opponent and clinches the second set 6-3

09:21 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

Rafa holds to 30 for a 5-3 lead.

Just one game away from bagging the second set.

09:14 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

And Rafa maintains his one-break advantage after that!


09:08 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


And Rafa responds brilliantly by breaking back at 15.

3-2 to the former champion 

09:02 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


This is excellent display from Dzumhur.

He forced Rafa into a flurry of errors and gets the break back!

It's 2-2

08:58 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

Dzumhur was under pressure on his serve once more but he passes the test this time.

He trails 1-2

08:56 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

Rafa has consolidated the break and made it a 2-0 lead.

08:49 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


Rafa finally converts on his fourth break point in a marathon service game.

He leads 1-0

08:39 (GMT)19 JAN 2018


And the top seed has wrapped the first set with the loss of just one game!

6-1 to Rafa

08:33 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

It's absolutely a one-way traffic in the first set!

Nadal has raced to a 5-0 lead

08:27 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

And the top seed consolidates his break to make it a 3-0 lead

08:24 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

It's a great start for the World No. 1 and he breaks to open up a 2-0 lead.

08:23 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

We are under way!

06:25 (GMT)19 JAN 2018

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is all set to take on Bosnian Damir Dzumhur to begin the night session of Day 5. It is somewhat of a surprise to see last year’s runner-up on Margaret Court Arena although it’s hard to say that the match is deserving of Rod Laver Arena. 

Coming to the match, Dzumhur has been showing vast improvement in the last few years and is currently at a career-high ranking of 30. In the first round, he survived a scare against Paolo Lorenzi but in the second, he had it slightly easier, beating local favourite John Millman in four sets. 

Nadal, on the other hand, has been in red-hot form, as one would expect. After securing a routine first round victory, he served his way past Leonardo Mayer in the second round in straight sets. 

The only meeting between Nadal and Dzumhur in 2016 at Miami ended with the Spaniard retiring at 0-3. But, of course, high intensity is always what one expects from Nadal and he should have no issues in making it to the next round today. 

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