BREAKING NEWS: Rafael Nadal is OUT of the Australian Open as Stefanos Tsitsipas produces one of many best Grand Slam comebacks from two units down to finish Spaniard’s quest for a file twenty first Grand Slam title
- Rafael Nadal threw away a two-set result in Stefanos Tsitsipas in Melbourne
- Nadal crashed out of the Australian Open, whereas Tsitsipas will play a semi-final
- The Spaniard misplaced 2-6 3-6 7-6 6-4 7-5 in a thriller that lasted over 4 hours
- Tsitsipas’ comeback is simply the second time Nadal has misplaced from two units up
The 22-year-old Greek inflicted solely the second defeat on the nice Spaniard by which he has misplaced after profitable the primary two units.
Tsitsipas gained 2-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 in simply over 4 hours earlier than an empty Rod Laver Area to make the semi-finals, by which he’ll face Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Stefanos Tsitsipas got here from two units right down to stun Rafael Nadal within the Australian Open
The world No 2 was overwhelmed 2-6 3-6 7-6 6-4 7-5 in a thriller that lasted over 4 hours
‘I am speechless,’ stated Tsitsipas afterwards. ‘I targeted to staying calm and holding my nerves. I’ve no phrases to explain what simply occurred.
‘It is an unbelievable feeling to have the ability to battle at such a stage and depart all of it on the court docket. I began very nervous and I do not know what occurred after the third set. Every little thing was working for me. The feelings are indescribable.’
There have been shades of 2019, when Tsitsipas recovered from shedding the primary set to shock Roger Federer in 4 units.
Tsitsipas described the feelings of gorgeous main challenger Nadal as ‘indescribable’
Nadal made a collection of errors within the fifth set which ended up costing him the quarter-final
Nadal overcame a hesitant begin to acquire close to complete management till halfway via the third set, and nonetheless regarded on the right track till the tiebreak, which he partly tossed away with a collection of shanks and miscued overheads.
Having gained the lifeline, the younger Greek went into overdrive, along with his beforehand misfiring forehand changing into an increasing number of environment friendly.
Surprisingly, the physicality of Tsitsipas proved stronger than that of the French Open champion, who will for no longer overtake Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles.
Nadal was in complete management till he let his lead slip and his Greek opponent took benefit
At 5-5 within the fifth set Nadal was damaged with a slew of errors. When it got here to serving it out he threatened to come back again by defying two match factors, earlier than the Greek lastly nailed it with one final flowing backhand down the road.
A wide ranging contest ended with Tsitsipas profitable 145 factors to 142 for Nadal in what regarded like a coming of age efficiency.