Israel’s Sela pumped for tough 3rd-round date with ailing Nadal

Dudi Sela will face Rafael Nadal in the second match of the night session at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, with the Israeli hoping to make the most of the Spaniard’s health difficulties and advance to the fourth round of a grand slam event for just the second time in his career.

An ailing Nadal dug deep into his vast reservoir of grit to stave off American qualifier Tim Smyczek and stagger into the third round after a grueling four hours and 12 minutes on Wednesday.

Nadal’s doctor said on Thursday that he expects the 14-time Grand Slam winner to recover in time for the match against Sela, but admitted there are no guarantees.


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