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Australian Open 2018, Day 7: Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman, Live Match Updates

Rafael Nadal is set to take on Diego Schwartzman at the Rod Laver Arena, today.
Updated: 21 January 2018 13:58 IST - Published: 21 January 2018 08:59 IST
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Thank you to all the readers for following this live blog. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for other sports news from around the world. Here's Argha Bhattacharya signing off. Goodbye!
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Schwartzman played his heart out to keep Nadal on the court for almost four hours but in the end the Spaniard's experience helped him play the big points better than his opponent. The final scoreline of the match reads 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 in Nadal's favour.
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Nadal wins it! He sends a backhand return wide of Schwartzman to take the fourth set 6-3. With this Nadal has guaranteed that he will remain World No. 1 at the end of the Australian Open as other results will not have an impact on his ranking.

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Schwartzman sends the ball long. Another match point opportunity for Nadal.
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It's back to deuce.
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Schwartzman comes off his line to the net and forces Nadal deep, then smashes a return. Advantage Schwartzman.
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Schwartzman hits the net this time. It's back to deuce.
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Now a deftly placed forehand gives Schwartzman the advantage.
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Schwartzman's backhand return down the line makes it 40 all.
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Schwartzman saves one break point. 30-40.
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Schwartzman slams a return on to the net to handover two match points to Nadal.
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Schwartzman hits a forehand winner of his own to make it 15-30.
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Schwartzman concedes two quick points to a forehand-hitting Nadal. 0-30.
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Nadal approaches the net and slams a winner to take the game. He leads 5-3.
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Schwartzman's spirit won't die down as he plays a superb cross court return to make it 40 all again.
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Schwartzman's return hits the net. Advantage Nadal.
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A backhand winner down the line by Nadal makes it 40 all.
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Nadal's poweful ace makes it 30-40.
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Schwartzman makes it 15-40.
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Nadal gets one back. 15-30.
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Schwartzman gets two quick points off Nadal's serve. 0-30.
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Schwartzman holds serve. However, Nadal leads 4-3.
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No, he can't as Schwartzman's inside out forehand does the trick.
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Nadal gets another break point. Can he convert this?

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Schwartzman takes it back to deuce.

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Schwartzman hands Nadal another break point as he only manages to find the net while returning a Nadal forehand.
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Nadal gets his return right and now leads Schwartzman 4-2.
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Schwartzman hits his return long. Nadal 40-15.
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Nadal forces Schwartzman to commit a mistake at the start of the sixth game as he races ahead. 30-0.
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Schwartzman wins the fifth game to make it 3-2.
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Nadal consolidates the lead with a quick service hold. He leads 3-1.
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Nadal gets the break and leads 2-1.
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Forehand winner down the line leaves Schwartzman in awe. Advantage Nadal.
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Nadal is making Schwartzman sweat under the sweltering heat. It's deuce.
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Nadal finally manages to hold his serve.
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Schwartzman gets the advantage but Nadal gets the game back to deuce.
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Schwartzman misjudges and challenges a ball which was called 'in'. Replays prove the match umpire right. It's back to deuce.
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Schwartzman hits an inch-perfect forehand return to get another break point.
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It's back to deuce.
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Advantage Nadal as Schwartzman commits an unforced error.
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Nadal's volley leaves Schwartzman with nothing to do as the Spaniard saves another break point.
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Nadal saves one break point.
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Schwartzman brings up two break points as he lobs Nadal and then smashes his return.
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Schwartzman starts the set 4 on a good note as he manages to hold serve.
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A fine ace helps Nadal take the third set 6-3.
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He makes it 40-0.
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Nadal is 30-0 up.
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Schwartzman manages to hold serve. Nadal leads 5-3.
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Nadal reassures his authority to hold serve. He leads 5-2.
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Schwartzman makes it 4-2.