New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: In a hard-fought match, world number 1 Rafael Nadal on Monday secured a convincing win over Australia's Nick Kyrgios at Rod Laver Arena to book his spot in the quarterfinals of Australian Open. In a match that lasted for three hours and 38 minutes, Nadal defeated local rival Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion advanced to his 12th Australian open quarterfinal to equal Jimmy Connors' record of playing 41 Grand Slam quarter-finals. He looked in good form since the very beginning, clinched the opening set 6-3 in just 36 minutes.

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Kyrgios, however, bounced back and took the second set 3-6 in 46 minutes.

In the third set, both players looked to gain the upper hand and the set went into a tiebreak. Nadal's experience came handy as he clinched the third set 7-6.

In the fourth set, the 33-year-old Spaniard took an early lead by going past Kyrgios for a 2-1 lead. Nadal extended his lead to 5-3 but the Aussie broke back and levelled the set 5-5. The World 1 controlled his nerves and took the set 7-5.

"It was a very tough match, it seemed like I had control at the start but against Nick you are never in control," said Nadal, who hit 64 winners to Kyrgios's 50.

"When he is playing like today with this positive attitude, he gives a lot of positive things to our sport. He is one of the best talents we have. I like the Nick Kyrgios of this tournament, Nadal told Reuters. 

Earlier today, Germany's Alexander Zverev cruised into the quarter-finals following his straight-sets victory over Andrey Rublev of Russia. Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka, on the other hand, stunned another Russian-- Daniil Medvedev-- to reach the last eight of the tournament.

Dominic Thiem of Austria also booked his berth in the last eight after registering a win over France's Gael Monfils.

(with ANI inputs)

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