Nadal in Australian Open quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal is into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the sixth straight year and a step closer to a possible semifinal showdown with Roger Federer after beating fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.

updated: January 22, 2012 11:42 IST
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Melbourne: His right knee and left ankle taped, Rafael Nadal didn't look to be in any pain as he gave his friend Feliciano Lopez the runaround on Sunday, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

Nadal, who bizarrely hurt his knee while sitting in a chair the day before the tournament began, is one win away from a possible semifinal against old rival Roger Federer after beating his fellow Spaniard for the ninth time in 11 matches.

On a sunny day with the temperature rising to 32C (89F), both players sat with ice towels around their necks during the changeovers.

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