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Alex de Minaur vs. Rafael Nadal result: Australian record broken at Barcelona Open | Sporting News Australia

Alex de Minaur has become the first Australian to defeat Rafael Nadal on clay with a straight sets win in the second-round at the Barcelona Open.

The Spanish legend – a 12-time champion at Barcelona – was defeated by the Aussie 7-5 6-1 in one hour, 52 minutes as they prepare for next month’s French Open.

De Minaur will now play talented 16th-seed Frenchman Arthur Fils in the round-of-16.

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De Minaur dethrones the king of Barcelona

Nadal first won the Barcelona Open in 2005 and most recently in 2021, but the 37-year-old has struggled with injuries over the past couple of years.

Since losing at Australian Open 2023 to Mackenzie McDonald, Nadal has only played at one tournament because of injury – Brisbane International 2024 – where he eventually bowed out to Jordan Thompson in the quarter-final.

Nadal’s return from chronic fitness issues to Barcelona started solidly, with a 6-2 6-3 win over Italy’s Flavio Cobolli in the first round on Wednesday.

But a match against in-form fourth seed De Minaur proved too much for Nadal, despite the ageing champion hanging in for the first set.

Nadal was broken in the first game of the match but managed to strike back on De Minaur’s serve in the sixth game to level at 3-3.

De Minaur managed to save a break point on his serve at 4-3 down before breaking Nadal in the 11th game and serving it out 7-5.

The second set saw Nadal’s resistance fail as the Australian streaked to a comfortable win.

After both players held serve to start the set, De Minaur won five consecutive games to claim victory and dent Nadal’s hopes of achieving success in tennis once again.

De Minaur’s last-16 opponent Fils – a player he has never played before – needed three sets to beat Germany’s Daniel Altmaier in the second round.

Alex de Minaur past singles results, next match

Date  Opponent/Result Tournament/Round
Dec. 29, 2023 def. 6-4 2-6 7-6(2) by Cameron Norrie United Cup (group stage)
Jan. 1, 2024 def. Taylor Fritz 6-4 6-2 United Cup (group stage)
Jan. 3, 2024 def. Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 United Cup (QF)
Jan. 6, 2024 def. Alexander Zverev 5-7 6-3 6-4 United Cup (SF)
Jan. 10, 2024 def. Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 5-7 10-3 Charity Match
Jan. 15, 2024 def. Milos Raonic 6-7(6) 6-3 2-0 Aus. Open (R1)
Jan. 17, 2024 def. Matteo Arnaldi 6-3 6-0 6-3 Aus. Open (R2)
Jan. 19, 2024  def. Flavio Cobolli 6-3 6-3 6-1 Aus. Open (R3)
Jan. 21, 2024 def. by Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-7(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 Aus. Open (R4)
Feb. 13, 2024 def. Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-3 Rotterdam (R1)
Feb. 15, 2024 def. David Goffin 6-3 6-1 Rotterdam (R2)
Feb. 17, 2024 def. Andrey Rublev 7-6(5) 4-6 6-3 Rotterdam (QF)
Feb. 18, 2024 def. Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-3 Rotterdam (SF)
Feb. 19, 2024 def. by Jannik Sinner 7-5 6-4 Rotterdam (F)
Feb. 22, 2024 def. by Alex Michelsen 6-4 6-1 Los Cabos (R1)
Feb. 26, 2024 def. Taro Daniel 6-2 6-1 Mexican Open (R1)
Feb. 29, 2024 def. Sebastian Ofner 6-1 6-3 Mexican Open (R2)
Mar. 1, 2024 def. Stefanos Tsitsipas 1-6 6-3 6-3 Mexican Open (QF)
Mar. 2, 2024 def. Jack Draper 6-3 2-6 4-0 ret. Mexican Open (SF)
Mar. 3, 2024 def. Casper Ruud 6-4 6-4 Mexican Open (F)
Mar. 9, 2024 def. Taro Daniel 6-1 6-2 Indian Wells (R2)
Mar. 11, 2024 def. Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-0 Indian Wells (R3)
Mar. 13, 2024 def. by Alexander Zverev 5-7 6-2 6-3 Indian Wells (R4)
Mar. 24, 2024 def. Kwon Soon-woo 6-3 6-2 Miami Open (R2)
Mar. 26, 2024 def. Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 6-4 Miami Open (R3)
Mar. 27, 2024 def. by Fábián Marozsán 4-6 6-0 1-6 Miami Open (R4)
Apr. 8, 2024 def. Stan Wawrinka 6-3 6-0 Monte Carlo (R1)
Apr. 9, 2024 def. Tallon Griekspoor 2-6 6-2 6-3 Monte Carlo (R2)
Apr. 11, 2024 def. Alexei Popyrin 6-3 6-4 Monte Carlo (R3)
Apr. 13, 2024 def. by Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 Monte Carlo (QF)
Apr. 18, 2024 def. Rafael Nadal 7-5 6-1 Barcelona Open (R2)
Apr. 19, 2024 vs. Arthur Fils Barcelona Open (R3)