Australian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets

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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Carreno Busta - best shots
2020 Australian Open
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 February
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.

Top seed Rafael Nadal cruised past Spanish compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets to reach the Australian Open fourth round.

Nadal, 33, was sharp on serve as he raced into a two-set lead, allowing Carreno Busta just five return points.

Carreno Busta, seeded 27th, fared little better in the third as Nadal wrapped up a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion will face Australian Nick Kyrgios in the last 16.

"It was my best match of the tournament without a doubt," said Nadal, who hit 42 winners and made just seven unforced errors.

"When the conditions are warmer the ball bounces higher and flies through the air. That helps my game.

"I did very well with my serves and started to hit some forehands down the line. That is key for me."

Nadal, who has only won the Australian Open once, in 2009, set up the blockbuster against Kyrgios with a clinical win over his friend Carreno Busta, with whom he helped Spain win the Davis Cup in November.

The Spaniard set the tone by breaking in the second game of the match, pinching Carreno Busta's serve another four times on a sun-soaked Rod Laver Arena.

Victory also continued Nadal's dominance over his compatriots. The Majorcan left-hander has now won his past 18 matches against Spanish opposition, stretching back to a 2016 Australian Open first-round defeat by Fernando Verdasco.

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