Nadal Dominates Tsitsipas to Reach 25th Grand Slam Final

Nadal Dominates Tsitsipas to Reach 25th Grand Slam Final

The forehand was on fire. It's a shot struck with such conviction and cunning that it can reduce a young man of great potential to a blundering wreck.

The Greek sensation, 20, has embarked on a spectacular run at the Australian Open and faces Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The Spaniard, seeded second who played with a tape on his abdomen, has clocked 100 winners on that flank in this tournament.

In a big match, an inexperienced player is always on the back foot against Nadal but this was one-way traffic. It's been a lot of months without playing, but the crowd have given me unbelievable energy.

To start the season like this when a few weeks ago when I was in Brisbane, having to take a very tough decision not to play there. "From there to be in this position today, to be in the final here". Tonight I played so well. I mean, I've improved a lot in that part of my game.

"The rest felt like, in a way, it wasn't tennis so much like the other matches that I played".

"I just told myself to regroup in the third set and try as hard as I could no matter what, and I managed to win". "I wouldn't say I was serving very well".

Fellow Australians Matt Ebden, Alex de Minaur, former Wimbledon finalist Thomas Berdych and next-gen hopefuls Frances Tiafoe and Stefanos Tsitsipas all failed to crack the claycourter.

Up their heads pop and down comes the mallet, the 32-year-old Spaniard hammering them back in their place to let them know that they still have plenty to do.

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"Being honest that week in Brisbane, practice worked very well for me". "They are here now fighting for the most important trophies".

As well as Osaka as played, her opponent, Karolina Pliskova, is looking just as unsafe. He can be a multiple Grand Slam champion.

He has been taken to a tie-break only once, against Tomas Berdych in the fourth round, but that too after conceding only one game in the first two sets!

A terrible net cord flew agonisingly beyond the debutant at the net to set up three break points for Nadal at 2-2 in the second but the world No. 15 dug deep - as he did so often against Federer - to hold. He broke in the opening game of the third set, standing so far behind the baseline, he might've been teeing off from Sydney, except that he was ripping it like a fast train. He broke again then ground out the points to take the set in half an hour.

Tsitsipas came into this post-match media conference rubbing his eyes as if he had woken up from a nightmare.

" It's hard to imagine after Brisbane I'd be where I am today, but I just would like to say thanks to my team for the support and to those around the world for sending me support during my low moments".

Where it not for the question mark over his fitness, it would be no surprise to see Nadal in the semis at Melbourne Park for the sixth time. But it's annoying that I didn't get close to breaking him at all.

"Just felt weird. The whole match felt weird from the very beginning". With that kind of attitude and this kind of irresistible form he is in, it will take a courageous man to bet against him, regardless of who the player on the other side of the court is.