Tennis player Rafael Nadal is stranded at the Australian Open. In the quarterfinals his way was blocked by Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Spanish number 2 of the placement list still grabbed the first two sets (6-3 6-2) but the Greek fought back in a great tennis fight. Through 7-6 6-4 and 7-6, Tsitsipas managed to pull the game to himself. In half the final battle, he now plays against Daniil Medvedev.
The 34-year-old Nadal could have won his 21st grandslam title in Melbourne, a record. The worlds number 2 continues to stand on 20 titles together with Roger Federer. Novak Djokovic is on 17.
“Im speechless and I dont know what happened. Unbelievable. I gave it everything. I started very nervous, but after the third set everything worked out. It is indescribable,” said Tsitsipas after his victory.
Medvedev knocks Rublev
Earlier in the day Medvedev already placed himself at the expense of his compatriot Andrei Rublev for the semifinals. In a one-sided party it became 7-5 6-3 6-2 for the number 4 of the world. Medvedev is now fighting Tsitsipas in half the final battle.
Rublev left three breakpoints unused halfway through the second set and immediately gave up his own storage game. In the remainder, the muddled global number 8 was no longer involved. After just over two hours, Medvedev finished it at his first match point.
Immediately after the race point Medvedev was treated to cramps. Also Rublev did not make a fresh impression in the final phase, which did not benefit the level of the competition.
“ Ive known him for a long time, so I know how to neutralize his hard strokes,” Medvedev said about his compatriot. “Im very happy to beat him in three sets and without tiebreak.” At the end of last year, Medvedev did not lose a set against Rublev in the quarter-finals of the US Open.
To reach the final, Medvedev has to deal with Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas. Medvedev: “Im going to order room service and watch television later. Whoever it is, its gonna be tough anyway.” Medvedev had never passed the fourth round at the Australian Open.