Nadal thumps Tsitsipas to reach final

Tsitsipas 'Training with Andy Murray made me understand many things'

Tsitsipas 'Training with Andy Murray made me understand many things'

To Tsitsipas's credit, he saved three break points in that game to hold serve, but he was not as fortunate at 4-4 when Nadal broke for the third time before serving out to clinch the second set.

The pair exchanged love holds but Nadal was then given the chance to serve for a two-set lead when Tsitsipas missed a victor on a deep forehand - and the 17-time major champion held to love. "I mean, I feel a bit emotional but not too much because I know I worked hard to get here".

This has been a breakthrough slam for Tiafoe, who turned 21 on Sunday, but he was simply unable to match the relentless power and consistency of Nadal.

Nadal will next meet Tsitsipas - who has already booted defending champion Roger Federer out of the tournament - after the 20-year-old Greek defeated Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut to reach his first semifinal at a Grand Slam.

Despite the comprehensive nature of his semi-final victory, Nadal also had words of encouragement for 20-year-old Tsitsipas. It's nice to have wins against these kind of players, top four. Not even close. Breaking Tsitispas in the match's third game and then another five times Thursday, while never facing a single break point himself until the very last game, Nadal won 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.

"It feels like a fairytale nearly - I am just living the dream", said Tsitsipas. "I think that's everyone's dream", said Osaka during her on-court interview. From that moment I started to check all the possible stats and the stories behind the tennis players.

Bautista Agut fell in four sets to the Greek star.

Awaiting Nadal will be either Novak Djokovic, whom he has beaten 25 times in 52 matches, or Lucas Pouille, who has won one of their three encounters.

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His fans could not agree more and said Tsitsipas has united the Greek community in Melbourne as they continued singing his praise even as Nadal served for the match.

In the deciding set, she steamrolled her way to a 5-0 lead, and though Pavlyuchenkova managed to pull one game back, Collins maintained her composure to serve out the set and the match.

Rafael Nadal left a packed Rod Laver Arena in awe this morning after an nearly impossible 149 km/h forehand victor, where at full stretch he somehow managed to bend the ball around the net.

"We feel so proud of Stefanos' achievements in the Australian Open, and we are excited to create a souvlaki in his honour", Stalactites managing director Nicole Papasavas said in a statement.

Kvitova, 28, has reached the first semi-final of what she calls her "second career" - after being stabbed with a knife in an attack during a robbery at her home in 2016.

This was a lesson from Nadal and further evidence to back up claims he is playing the best tennis of his career.

"I agree with you", he said.

"It felt like a different dimension of tennis completely", said the 14th-seeded Tsitsipas, a blank expression on his face. "We had a really great battle a couple weeks ago, one of the best matches I've played".

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