(Rafa's feeling the heat Down Under, but not the pressure as he rolls to another straight set win.)
Our Hero, Rafael Nadal, is into the Aussie Open Quarterfinals for the sixth straight year after beating Feliciano Lopez in straight sets 6-4. 6-4. 6-2. Rafa continues his winning ways despite having more and more body parts wrapped for protection. He started the match with a taped right knee, and then added a left ankle strapping during the third game of the 1st set. After that, he played fine and said he felt good. The last two years Rafa has had to withdraw due to injury during his quarterfinal match, so hopefully that won't happen again this year.
His next opponent will be Thomas Berdych who received boos from the Aussie crowd after his win over Almagro, because he refused to shake hands with Almagro following the match. Berdych was upset because he felt Almagro intentionally tried to hit him with the ball on an earlier point. It wasn't a point that determined the match and Almagro immediately apologized for it, but Berdych wasn't satisfied. Hopefully the Aussie crowd won't forget this show o disrespect and be fully supportive of Rafa in his quest to make it to the semis! Vamos!