Rafa Nadal appeared before the Eurosport microphones after withdrawing from the Australian Open in the quarterfinal match that he faced Marin Cilic. The Balearic tennis player explained that he lives “a complicated moment” since this injury occurs “at the beginning of the season”. However, Nadal advocates “accept and look forward.”
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The Australian Open continues to make improvements and, as of 2018, its broadcast coverage will be bigger than ever. 842 matches were announced, including all main matches, juniors, legends and wheelchair matches, and several practice sessions, as announced by the organizers.
During the two weeks, the transmission of the main draw will have coverage on 16 courts, which is a record for a Major, while the qualifying matches on 12 courts will also be broadcast.
“The numbers speak for themselves, demonstrate our ability to interact with fans, whether through ever-growing social networks, the website or through the transmission options as we produce,” said an Australian director tournament safe, but not surprised.
Craig Tiley. In 2017, we produced more than 81,000 hours of coverage, and this will increase again in 2018. “It’s a major improvement that shows how much Tennis Australia is driving tennis.
The Federation earned $ 320 million this year, investing $ 36 million in tennis at the grassroots level and kept aside $ 75 million to secure the future of the sport financially. The Australian Open has also signed a 10-year, $ 100 million contract with Rolex, and its sponsorship profits increased from $ 54 to $ 118 million.
The world number one dispatched the Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4 and 7-6 in two hours and 38 minutes; now he will face Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.
Rafael Nadal beat the Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4 and 7-6 in two hours and 38 minutes, so he secured his place in the third round of the Australian Open 2018.
In the first set and without many errors (6), the Spaniard saved the two break balls he faced and needed a single break to take the partial; In addition, exchanges of more than nine shots were scarce and the match was based mainly on rallies of less than four hits.
In the second set it was until the ninth game when Nadal got the longed for break , and when the game was 6-3, 6-4 and 5-4 the Argentine prolonged the duel and added the first break in his favor. Finally, the meeting was decided in an intense sudden death, in which the 31-year-old Spaniard emerged victorious.
“I think I played well in general,” said the Spaniard after the game. “You can always improve small things, but overall it was a full game against an opponent that was quite uncomfortable, and the truth is that it was a good victory.”
Now, Nadal will face the first seed on his way, the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, favorite number 28 of the tournament, who beat the local John Millman by 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-1.