Battle-weary Nadal, Djokovic lead second week charge in Melbourne
By Editor - Sun Feb 14, 2:24 pm
As the second week of the Australian Open begins, fans eagerly wait to see if the two Grand Slam winners left in the men's draw can reach the summit clash intact as injury clouds loom over defending champion Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. With an injured Roger Federer skipping the tournament, the onus of carrying the “Big Three” flag has fallen on the top two seeds as they defy age and wear and tear to advance while younger players are left behind in the dust. Djokovic overcame discomfort from a muscle tear with painkillers to beat Milos Raonic and move into the quarter-finals while Nadal has played through back pain and modified his serve to advance without dropping a set.
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