The world No. 1 overcame pain in his right knee to dispatch the 27th-seeded Russian in a match that went on for nearly four and a half hours on Friday — the longest contest so far at the 2018 tournament, reports Efe news.
After getting off to a slow start and losing the first set, the Spaniard came back to win the next three, though the final two went to tie-breakers.
He is a great opponent, and it was a tough situation. There are things to work on for the next round, Nadal said after defeating Khachanov.
Nadals next opponent will be Georgias Nikoloz Basilashvili, who defeated Argentinas Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) earlier on Friday.Read More