OREANDA-NEWS Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov lost to Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the third round of the Australian Open. The meeting ended with a score 6:3, 6:2, 3:6, 6:1 in favor of Nadal. The 35-year-old Spaniard reached the 1/8 finals, where he will play with the winner of the match Aslan Karatseva (Russia) — Adrian Mannarino (France).

For Khachanov, this defeat was the eighth from Nadal in eight meetings. The 25-year-old Russian lost for the fourth time in a row at the stage of the 1/16 finals at the Australian Open.

The day before, Daniil Medvedev won in the second round of the Australian Open. The Russian beat Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios in four sets. Meeting account 7:6, 6:4, 4:6, 6:2 in favor of a native of Moscow. On Saturday, January 22, Medvedev will play with Botik van de Zanschulp from the Netherlands.

Earlier, Tony Nadal, the former coach and uncle of Rafael Nadal, shared his opinion about the scandalous story that happened with the first racket of the world, Serbian Novak Djokovic in Australia. After two trials and an attempt to challenge the decision of the local authorities, Djokovic was deported from the country and his visa was canceled. The athlete tried to enter Australia with the help of a medical device that allows not to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

«I'll start with the basic things. Any organizers will want Djokovic to perform for them. This is normal, he is a great player, one of the best in history. It's good for the tournament when Djokovic performs there. I don't think that everything turned out so badly in his favor on purpose», Tony Nadal said.