Rafael Nadal stunned by remarkable comeback as Stefanos Tsitsipas dumps him out of Australian Open
After running into a two-set lead, the Spaniard faced a resurgent City of Cicepas who won three straight sets – only three sets Nadal dropped all tournament – to knock him out of the quarter-finals.
The five-set thriller – which ended 3-6 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 – ended more than four hours and close to midnight in Melbourne, but relief and joy evident on the Greeks The face in the festival.
His win led him to the semi-finals of the tournament where he would face Daniel Medvedev.
“It’s an incredible feeling to fight at such a high level and leave it on the court. I started with a lot of panic. I don’t know what happened after the third set. I flew like a bird and everything worked for me. Done. “
Despite entering the Australian Open with an injury cloud and trying to create men’s history by winning his 21st Grand Slam, surpassing the record he shared with Roger Federer, Nadal did a lot from the get-go Saw more
The 34-year-old had not missed a set on his way to the quarterfinal and the form continued from the start against fifth seed Sitsipas.
Although Greek looked aggressive from the beginning, Nadal showed his experience and class, which was in accordance with the will of the 22-year-old man, and was dissected in court.
An early break in the opening two sets and dominance with his serve allowed the 20-time Grand Slam winner to run in a two-set lead in just one hour.
However, Tatsipas finally set his feet in the third set. He did not miss a service game and after taking Nadal to a tie-break, he managed to regain a set and landed the first dropped set on Nadal in this year’s competition.
And in the fourth set, Tsitsipas looked more dominant and competitive, forcing Nadal to defend multiple break points as his own service game passed more smoothly.
The fifth and final set was followed by the same mold, with players serving until the game’s 11th game of the set, when, showing some notable resilience, WhatsApp broke the veteran’s serve, allowing him to take a set, match and semi-final Served for the location.
Despite showing the spirit of the champion by testing his younger rival at the world number 2, WhatsApp served to enter its second Australian Open semi-final.
Earlier on Wednesday, Medvedev bested his compatriot and friend André Rublev to book his place in the semi-finals.
The fourth seed, who beat Rublev 7-5 6-3 6-2 over Rod Laver Arena, has won 19 consecutive matches at the Paris Masters debut last year.
“[Medvedev] Plays very well and has been very consistent with consecutive wins, ”Tsitsipas said.
“I need to recover and take an ice bath. I’m looking forward to the match and each match I’m playing here is an opportunity to play my best tennis. It would be wonderful to see the crowd again.”
Novak Djokovic and Aslan Kartsev will compete in the second semi-final.