Spanish top seed Rafael Nadal fought past opponent Nick Kyrgios in an exciting four-set match to arrive at the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Nadal, 33, had not dropped a set this competition before 23rd seed Kyrgios gave his greatest test up until now.

Kyrgios, who wore a Kobe Bryant ball shirt in the warm-up, struggled hard however Nadal came through 6 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4).

Nadal will confront Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the last eight.

Nadal and Kyrgios have not generally agreed with the contention exploding a year ago after a violent gathering in Acapulco.

A short time later the 19-time Grand Slam champion said Kyrgios’ conduct “needed regard” before the Australian reacted by calling him “super-salty”.

However the thankfulness for one another’s capacity, in spite of their uncontrollably differentiating styles, has once in a while been in question and was epitomized by their confident handshake at the net after an arresting challenge on Rod Laver Arena.

“At the point when Nick is playing as he did today with this uplifting demeanor he carries a great deal of things to our game,” said Nadal, who won his solitary Australian Open title in 2009.

“I urge him to continue working like this since he is perhaps the greatest ability of our visit.”


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