Rafael Nadal won a closely fought five-setter against American Tim Smyczek in the second round of Australian Open. The world number three - during the match - did benefit from an impressive sporting act from his opponent.
Rafael Nadal had to battle a determined opponent in Tim Smyczek in a marathon five-set second round match. The extreme heat, stomach cramps and dizzy spells made the task even harder.
World No. 112 Tim Smyczek can play the violin and dreams of being a lawyer once his tennis career ends.
Tim Smyczek defeated fellow American Sam Querrey in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Tuesday on Newport's grass courts.
Ferrer, who needed five match points to close out the match, reached the semifinals at Melbourne Park in 2011 and the quarterfinals last year.