Australian Open: Rafael Nadal sets up Cameron Norrie meeting

Rafael Nadal laughs during an exchange with a fan during his Australian Open second-round match
While Nadal’s progress was smooth on the court, the Spaniard was briefly halted by an extraordinary exchange with a fan – who was then ejected – as he served for the second set

Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal will meet Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the Australian Open third round after both won their matches on Thursday.

Nadal’s bid for an outright men’s record 21st Grand Slam continued with a 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over American qualifier Michael Mmoh on Rod Laver Arena.

British number three Norrie eventually beat Russia’s Roman Safiullin to reach the last 32 for the first time.

After a long rain delay, Norrie clinched a 3-6 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7-3) win.

Norrie looked tight as he failed to serve out a landmark victory at 6-5, but regained his composure to win a tense fourth-set tie-break and tee up a first career-meeting with Nadal.

The Briton roared in celebration after landing a first serve which Safiulin could only return into the net on the first of his three match points.

Told Nadal had also clinched victory a few minutes earlier, Norrie replied: “Sweet. For someone like me, I don’t think about the draw but I saw yesterday he was next to me.

“I’ve never played him before so it will be a great match, a great experience. I can’t wait to show him what I’ve got.”

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