Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Backstage at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: The final days of Colombia’s FARC guerilla

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Abkhazia, the country that (almost) doesn't exist

Read more

FOCUS

Lawlessness and lynchings in Venezuela

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Volkswagen: ‘We've changed the foundations of our company’

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The chandelier, master of light

Read more

Gasquet loses epic match against Gonzalez

Latest update : 2009-01-24

What a game! Fernando Gonzalez came from two sets down in a four-hour-and-nine-minute battle against Richard Gasquet (3-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 12-10). World number one Raphael Nadal beat Tommy Haas in straight sets (6-4, 6-2, 6-2) .

Reuters - World number one Rafael Nadal produced one of his best performances at the Australian Open when he pummelled Germany's Tommy Haas 6-4 6-2 6-2 on Saturday to reach the fourth round.

 

The Spaniard showed no mercy as he outgunned Haas, who had just returned to the tour after elbow problems, and raced to victory in a little over two hours.

 

Nadal struck 53 winners and committed just eight unforced errors as he unveiled his full bag of tricks against a bewildered Haas on the Rod Laver centre court.

 

"I'm very happy with my level today," Nadal said in a courtside interview. "Probably, I played my one of my best matches in Australia.

 

"I can go to sleep tonight with big satisfaction about how I play."

 

Nadal has never won a grand slam on a hard court but goes into the second week of the Australian Open brimming with confidence and in devastating form having won each of his three matches in straight sets.

 

"Perfect matches don't exist but today, especially after the first three or four games, I started to play well," he said at a news conference.

 
TOUGHEST MATCHES
 

"In the beginning, I was playing too short and Tommy had control of the points on the court.

 

"I'm just very happy to be in fourth round for another year."

 

Nadal's next opponent will be Fernando Gonzalez, the 2007 finalist.

 

Gonzalez beat Nadal in the 2007 quarter-finals here but the Spaniard got his revenge last year in the Beijing Olympic final.

 

Gonzalez was lucky to make it to the last 16 on Saturday after saving a match point in his 3-6 3-6 7-6 6-2 12-10 win over Richard Gasquet and Nadal was hoping the Chilean had used up a lot of energy.

 

"The toughest matches are still to come," Nadal said.

 

"Gonzalez is coming with big confidence after two big wins against (Lleyton) Hewitt in the first round and right now against Gasquet with an unbelievable comeback, two sets down.

 

"He's going to be a little bit more tired but he's a very strong player physically.

 

"That's very important for the confidence."

 

Date created : 2009-01-24

COMMENT(S)