Rafael Nadal vs Milos Raonic, Australian Open

Rafael Nadal vs Milos Raonic, Australian Open

Rafael Nadal vs Milos Raonic, Australian Open

It is also the former world number one's first grand slam quarter-final showing since 2015.

This status is largely down to Dimitrov's excellent start to 2017 - he has won all nine of his matches - but it's also worth noting that his hold/break stats this season are very similar to Goffin's, who has won five from six this year so far. He just seems to lack that same fierceness he has had in years past- that is until Friday night. The same kind of determination and skills need to be showcased once again to get the better of Nadal. Nadal consoled him with an understanding pat on the back. When you lost the third [set], you are down in the fourth, you are not under control, no. All they have is two more matches to get through to give the fans what they want. "He had some huge serves and you are under problems against a big player like him", he added. Moreover, both players have a few obstacles to overcome before that possibility can become a reality. Another theme of these two sets was how much he worked his opponent side-to-side. He found one three weeks ago in a best-of-three-set match in Brisbane; the best-of-five Grand Slam format is another level altogether.

It sets her up for a showdown against Lucic-Baroni, the feel-good story of the tournament who is into her first grand slam quarter-final since Wimbledon in 1999. It was the Belgian's first victory over a top-10 player at a major. "There were moments where it wasn't looking so good". "I didn't take care of my serve".

Now now though, it is just one match is it not?

The match seemed a foregone conclusion until France's No 6 seed shifted through the gears and hit his imperious best - form which has disrupted so numerous game's biggest names in the past. If he is well-rested and healthy, he will have a chance.

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Rafael Nadal pointed to his quarterfinal duel at the Australian Open against Canadian Milos Raonic who must be aggressive, otherwise he will be "dead".

Ahead of Raonic and Nadal's quarter-final match, let's take a look at how the duo compare.

The two greats remain on track to reach the decider at Melbourne Park, with the draw opening up following the shock exits of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

The 30-year-old won the Australian Open once in his career (2009).

Nadal might have dropped down the world rankings over the last couple of years, but still sits in the top ten and is showing why during the Australian Open. "I still wanted to play on a stage like this, on a full court like this".

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