Hello and welcome to Day 6 at Melbourne Park and coverage of Cameron Norrie’s third-round encounter with world No 2 Rafael Nadal.
The British No3, who ousted fellow Brit Dan Evans in the opening round, came back from a set down to beat Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 in round two.
Nadal’s second round match was much more straightforward. The 20-time Grand Slam champion took out another qualifier in the shape of American Michael Mmoh in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and looked in good shape despite his well publicised back issues.
This third round match, a first meeting between the two lefties, will be played inside an empty Rod Laver Arena as a result of Victoria going into a five-day lockdown on Friday night.
Speaking to the press about the prospect of facing Nadal, the 25-year-old said: “It’s unbelievable, I never thought I would play against them [Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic]. I was watching them when I was young and thinking it would be cool. So it’s going to be amazing.”
Read Simon Briggs’ take on the task at hand for Norrie here.
Norrie may be the only Brit left in the singles draw at the Australian Open, but there is British interest in the doubles. Fifth seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram are going well and are through to the third round. As are sixth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.
Heather Watson, who lost a tight three-setter to Anett Kontaveit on Thursday, is playing with the talented Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez. The pair knocked out the 10th seeds in the first round and will look to continue their good form in the third round on Sunday.