MELBOURNE – Rafael Nadal played exceptionally well in the Australian Open semi-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas and defeated him badly to enter the final. He did not display any sort of mercy for the opponent and defeated the 20-year-old players with 6-2, 6-4 and 6-0 in the single men match to make his place in the 5th Australian Open final. Nadal proved everyone that Tsitsipas’s wonderful play against Federer will not be going to be repeated in this match. He took only 11 minutes to shows the Greek player and everyone else that he will not allow the opponent to get any chance to defeat him. Nadal broke Tsitsipas in the third game and then another five times Thursday. The Spanish player didn’t face any break point until the very last game which helped him to register a strong victory in the semi-final match.
Nadal decided not to play any match after a thigh strain in Brisbane. Now, with this sort of comeback, he has impressed everyone. He appreciated the way he played and admitted that he felt so young while playing in this match. Nadal said he got the full support of the crowd who energized him with its gestures. This gave him a boost in his confidence during the match. Also, he said that his backhand worked well in this match than the previous matches of the Australian Open.
I played well. Have been playing well during the whole event. Every match more or less, I think I did a lot of things well. I played solid. Probably the backhand was better today than the rest of the day. That’s important for me because the forehand was working fantastically during the whole week and a half, but the backhand was improving during the tournament. Tonight, was even better than the previous rounds. Returning better. So, in general terms, of course, I have to be very happy about the way I played, “Nadal said.
Tsitsipas started the match with a classic serve and volley routine, but he was broken by Nadal in the third and seventh games of the first set. In the entire match, Nadal didn’t give Tsitsipas any chance to dominate over him. In the post-match conference, Tsitsipas looked bewildered and said, “I only got six games from that match. He surprised me. He’s not the biggest server on the tour, has a pretty average serve. But it’s annoying that I didn’t get close to breaking him at all. He’s very aggressive from the baseline. He has this talent that no other player has, he makes you play bad.”