Australian Open: 'I wasn't even close' admits Tsitsipas

Australian Open: 'I wasn't even close' admits Tsitsipas

Australian Open: 'I wasn't even close' admits Tsitsipas

It was the same straight-sets, no-contest treatment Nadal gave to Alex de Minaur, 19, in the third round and Frances Tiafoe, 21, in the quarterfinals.

The 32-year-old second seed broke his younger opponent twice in the first set to win it 6-2 in 31 minutes, with some commentators saying it was the Spaniard playing like a god, rather than his Greek rival.

Nadal on Sunday will face the victor of the upcoming semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille in the grand finale. Not even close. Breaking Tsitsipas in the match's third game and then another five times Thursday while never facing a break point himself until the final game, Nadal won 6-2, 6-4, 6-0. He started the second set with a new shirt and greater goal, but Nadal's domination of the contest was such that even though Tsitsipas landed 84 percent of his first serves, he was busted with some to spare. The rangy, shaggy-haired youngster attracted the local Greek community to come out in force at his matches and the semi-final clash on a scorching hot day was no different as hundreds turned out for the 20-year-old. I don't know but it was a great match and it's been a great tournament. Tonight I played so well. "He makes you play bad". Maybe it was the time to try to make one more step, no? That's important for me because the forehand was working fantastic during the whole week and a half, but the backhand was improving during the tournament.

Despite his crushing performance, Nadal claimed in the post-match interview with John McEnroe that he could play even better in the final - and he may need to, given he could face long-time rival and world number one Djokovic, who is favored to beat French rival Pouille in their semifinal on Friday.

Nadal ended up playing only nine tournaments a year ago, and only seven of those were properly completed without him pulling out through injury.

The ATP has tried to promote it with its Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, fans everywhere have wondered about it, and it's a constant topic of conversation in the media - when are the next group of star players going to emerge on the men's tour?

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"I don't think it's one particular reason [why they are not ready]", Cash told Eurosport.

Since arriving here he has been destroying allcomers, helped by a serve that is more effective through being hit with a slightly flatter trajectory.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have amassed 51 Grand Slam titles between them over the past two decades. "That's what I did during all my career", he said.

'I believe that when you are older, you lose less the tennis when you are playing less. I hope it doesn't happen again. The feelings have been positive since during December.

"Honestly, I have no idea what I can take from that match", a despondent Tsitsipas said. I had that thing in the thigh, leg, small strain there, the doctors didn't allow me to go on court.

Given Djokovic's incredible record at this tournament, which has seen him win six of the last 11 editions, it is hard to see him not beating Pouille.

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