Australian Open front runner Rafael Nadal accidentally broke one of the tournament’s biggest stories advancing to the quarterfinals during his press conference after beating Fabio Fognini

Nadal made short work against Italian rival Fabio Fognini with a 6: 3: 6: 4: 6: 2 victory that triggered a quarter-final against the winners of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini

However, Nadal accidentally brought out some important news about that game, revealing that Berrettini was forced to retire from his clash with Tsitsipas shortly before the start due to an injury

Nadal himself seemed to realize shortly after Berrettini’s injury was mentioned that he had jumped the gun

“I have to take another step forward against Tsitsipas. Is it official? He will play tonight?” asked Nadal

“Well I may not know I think I heard Berrettini was a little hurt, but not officially at all I’m sorry But yeah, something well, I screwed up”

Rafael Nadal admits during his press conference that Matteo Berrettini withdrew before his game against Stefanos Tsitsipas Confirmed by the Australian Open seconds later #AusOpen

Nadal: I have to take one more step forward against Tsitsipas. Is it official? Will he play tonight? Well I may not know I think I heard Berrettini was a bit hurt, but not officially at all I’m sorry But yeah, something Well I screwed it up (Laughter)

After Nadal won the first set against Fognini, he slumped to a 4-2 deficit in the second before breaking off four games in a row to win the 6: 3: 6: 4: 6: 2- on Monday. To achieve victory

Nadal is aiming for a record in 21 Major and is now in his 43rd Career Grand Slam Quarter Finals The back injury that excluded him from the ATP Cup now looks like a distant memory

“If you play a great player like Fabio in the last 16, you have to worry any minute,” said Nadal

“But at the same time you can’t expect to go onto the pitch and (not) have problems during the game when faced with such players”

Now the focus is firmly on whether the world No. 2 can catch the major who pushes him in front of Roger Federer – even if Nadal himself downplayed his ambitions for a second triumph in Melbourne Park

“Of course I am (motivated by winning Grand Slams) but I’m not obsessed,” said Nadal

“I play tennis I like tennis I like what I do That’s the main thing

“I mean, of course I am very motivated to win Grand Slams and take part in the most important events of the year. There is no doubt about that

“The only thing I said is that I was never obsessed with being the best no, I just made my way that worked for me”

If the 2009 champion triumphs again in Melbourne, he will also hit an elusive milestone: he will become the first man in the Open era to win all four Grand Slams twice

But Nadal instead emphasized his focus on having a “healthy” ambition and knowing that he “gave everything in every game”

“When you have too much ambition, you can get frustrated when you are unable to achieve all of the things you want,” he said

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