Rafael Nadal Is Out of the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal Is Out of the Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia – Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam men’s singles title came to an end on Wednesday night when he lost to Stephanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the quarter-finals Australian Open.

Tsitsipas dropped the first two sets but came back to defeat Nadal, the second-ranked players in the world 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5, gruesome, in four – Dorr for the biggest Grand Slam win of his career.

Spain’s Nadal played the first three sets, in which he did not even allow his service break or break point and he was in complete control of the match. But in the third set tiebreaker, he missed two overheads and sent Tsitsipas a backhand wide to deliver the tiebreaker and a lifeline.

Then what was it that turned into a street fight. Playing on fresh legs after winning their fourth round match in a walkover, WhatsApp became increasingly stingy on its serve, refusing to give Nadal a chance to seize an advantage and over-exhaustion forced him into dirty errors. done.

At the age of 22, Tsitsipa, 12 years younger than Nadal, feels a surge in energy and his footsteps as the warm evening wore on, balls that were previously out of his reach and forced Nadal to hit the extra shot. Battle to serve him in almost every game.

In the fifth set, Nadal and Tsitsipas traded the service game, with Tsitsipus’ serve becoming increasingly untouchable – they served four aces to tie the set at 3-3 in a row – and Nadal stayed at every level. Almost every battle fought for. Defeated 5-5 in the fifth set, Nadal made two errors to lose the first two points of the game, then a wide miss on the forehead gave Tsitsipas a chance to win the match.

With only your friends and teammates in the stand A snap lockdown between a small coronavirus outbreak, Tsitsippus dropped his racket when it was over, made a cross on his chest and looked up at the sky.

The final game was a microcosm of the match. An early lead for Nadal, followed by a comeback by Sitsippus, with Nadal fighting two match points to give himself a chance to survive, before netting a forehand volley and Tsitsippus blasting a backhand to bring the match back .

“Not much has happened in my career in moments like this,” said Tseytipas, who also won the ATP Tour Finals in 2019 and defeated Roger Federer on the same court two years ago. “The fact that I came back the way I fought against Rafa was something extra.”

For Nadal, the loss kept him from advancing to Roger Federer of Switzerland in his duel to collect the most Grand Slam singles championships.

Federer has been sidelined with a knee injury. All three have missed Grand Slams since last year’s Australian Open and a return to tennis in August just before the United States Open. He plans to return to competition in the coming weeks.

Nadal also left the United States Open, but he returned weeks after the French Open and won it to tie Federer with 20 singles titles.

Nadal was not a favorite in the tournament, which he has won just once in 2009, although he has come close on other occasions, most notably in 2012, when he lost in five sets in a match to Novak Djokovic, a record. Lasted for five hours, 53 minutes. The tournament is fought over sharp hardcourts, which challenges Nadal more than the slow red clay in Paris or the soft grass at Wimbledon, which helps reduce wear and spread tears on his body.

Nadal complained of lower back pain earlier in the tournament, but said on Wednesday night that it was not an issue against Sitsippus.

Soon after the defeat, Nadal said, “Another story in my tennis career, another match that I lost in Australia,”. “I have to go home and practice to get better.” That’s it.”

The loss of Nadal is likely to ease Djokovic’s bid for a record ninth Australian Open singles title. Djokovic plays Aslan Karatsev, who finished 114th in the world in the semi-finals on Thursday. If he wins, he will take on Yatsipas of Russia or Daniel Medvedev in the final.

During the training in Adelaide prior to this tournament, Nadal stretched his lower back muscles. The injury kept him from following his normal practice routine for about three weeks, but after his third round win over Cameron Norrie of the UK here, he said the problem had been largely resolved. He dominated Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the fourth round and did not lose the tournament before facing Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas had just one win in seven tries against Nadal in Wednesday night’s match. At first he tried to avoid long rallies to quickly finish the points and let Nadal down his opponents. But Nadal continued to hit shots within inches of the lines on which Tsitsipus struggled to run his racket.

With Nadal exhausted, however, Tsitsipas rebounded and chased something like tennis rope-dope, playing the ball until Nadal made an error or gave the ball a chance for a winner. . He finally broke Nadal in the ninth game of the fourth set and won the next one as Nadal hit the net to turn the match into a set.

This was only the third time Nadal had lost after winning the first two sets.

Nadal said, “The match against one of the world’s best players is losing.” “Something like this happens.”

Tsitipas now faces Daniel Medvedev of Russia In the semifinals. He said he awoke in a state of peace on Wednesday, with the feeling that things would go his way.

“Actually, nothing was going through my head,” he said when asked what he was thinking as he began to change the match in his own way. “I was in nirvana in a way. No more thinking, playing. “



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