Ebene News – GB – 5 for fight: Tsitsipas ahead of Nadal at the Australian Open QF

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MELBOURNE, Australia – For the 225th time in his illustrious career, Rafael Nadal took a two-set lead in a Grand Slam match For only the second time, he blew that big advantage and lost

A few unusually overlooked overheads and a framed backhand in a third-set tiebreaker began to defeat Nadal, and his bid for a men’s-record 21st major championship ultimately ended in the quarterfinals of the ‘Australian Open Wednesday with 3-6, 2-6 , 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5 defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas

In his put-the-ball-where-he-wants-it-best early on, Nadal went ahead rather easily, winning 27 consecutive points on his serve in a streak and executing his streak of consecutive sets won in major tournaments at 35, one less than Roger Federer’s record for the professional era

Nadal and Federer are currently tied at 20 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any other man in the history of a sport dating back to the late 1800s

But Tsitsipas never hesitated and this surprisingly mediocre tiebreaker from Nadal – thinking too far maybe? – helped deliver the third set and start the epic comeback

“I started very nervous, I won’t lie,” said Tsitsipas, fifth seed “But I don’t know what happened after the third set I just flew like a little bird Everything was working for me The emotions at the very end are indescribable”

While Tsitsipas was playing, according to Nadal’s estimates, a “very, very high level of tennis” in the last two sets, the 34-year-old Spaniard’s game has dropped considerably

Nadal made a total of just 10 unforced errors in the first two sets combined, then had 11 in the third, 14 in the fourth and seven in the fifth

The only other occasion Nadal went from a straight set advantage to a slam loss came at the 2015S U Open to Fabio Fognini (who lost to Nadal in the fourth round at Melbourne Park this year)

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So now, instead of Nadal trying to continue his pursuit of Federer, it will be Tsitsipas – a 22-year-old Greek with flashy play – who meets U 2019S Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final Friday

In the other men’s semi-final, 17-time major champion and not Novak Djokovic, ranked 1, will face 114th qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who is making his Grand Slam debut

The women’s semi-finals on Thursday (Wednesday night EST) will be Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady vs. Karolina Muchova

Nadal won the 2009 Australian Open, but it’s the only major he hasn’t won at least twice, with 13 at Roland Garros, four at the US Open and two at Wimbledon

He entered this year’s first major with doubts on his back, citing this as the reason he was retiring from the ATP Cup tag team competition leading up to the Australian Open and claiming that the problem had kept him from training properly for about three weeks

Nadal had not given up a set at Melbourne Park in four games; he won the 21 sets he played at Roland Garros last year, where he won his 20th Slam trophy to shoot even with Federer (Williams has 23, Margaret Court 24)

With squawking seagulls delivering an eerie nighttime soundtrack to Rod Laver Arena – but no spectators, as they were banned during a local COVID-19 lockdown and won’t return until Thursday – Nadal still had a answer for everything Tsitsipas tried at the start

Are you rushing to the internet? Here’s a slanted passing shot Hanging out at the baseline? Good luck trying to outsmart Nadal from there

It looked like it could be a repeat of their 2019 semi-final in Australia, when Nadal overwhelmed Tsitsipas and allowed him to win just six games

But this time, Tsitsipas arrived after three full days off, as the man he was supposed to face in the fourth round, No 9 Matteo Berrettini, withdrew with an abdominal injury

That – and a 12-year age difference – may have contributed to Tsitsipas being fresher at the end as he played past four hours Tsitsipas, who has been considered a future star for years, almost managed this kind of shock against Djokovic in the semi-final of Roland Garros in October, going from two sets to forcing a fifth

Tsitsipas took the lead at 6-5 in the fifth breaking his love off as Nadal missed a series of shots, then served the win by converting his third match point with a backhand winner

“I am speechless I have no words to describe what just happened on the pitch,” Tsitsipas said shortly after the match was over. “It’s an incredible feeling to be able to fight at such a level and to be able to give everything on the pitch”

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Ebene News – GB – 5 to fight: Tsitsipas ahead of Nadal at the Australian Open QF

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