Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from two units right down to stun Rafael Nadal within the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, ending the Spaniard’s bid for a report twenty first Grand Slam title. Second seed Nadal was on the right track for a snug victory earlier than Tsitsipas turned the match round to prevail 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-5 in a seismic upset. “I don’t know what happened after the third set — I fly like little bird, everything was working for me,” mentioned Tsitsipas, who hit 49 winners and 17 aces. “The emotions at the end were indescribable, they were something else.”
The 22-year-old credited a composed temperament for his turnaround.
“I was able to be consistent with my mood and be calm in the crucial moments,” he mentioned.
“I’ve been trying to keep everything to myself and I’m happy with my attitude I showed on the court.”
It was simply the second time Nadal had misplaced when two units up in a Grand Slam, having beforehand fallen to Fabio Fognini within the third spherical of the 2015 US Open.
Nadal, 34, stays tied with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles, however Novak Djokovic can pull inside two if he wins his 18th main trophy at Melbourne Park.
Fifth seed Tsitsipas will now try to succeed in a maiden Grand Slam remaining when he performs the in-form Daniil Medvedev within the semi-final.
“He’s playing very well and is in good shape. I know he is going to give me a difficult time on the court,” mentioned Tsitsipas, who has a 1-5 report in opposition to the Russian.
“I need to recover and do a nice ice bath.”
He beat Nadal for simply the second time in eight matches. Djokovic will play the opposite semi-final in opposition to Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
Nadal, sweating profusely within the muggy situations, was in classic kind till a nerveless Tsitsipas turned the match on its head after snatching the tiebreak within the third set.
The momentum shifted in the direction of Tsitsipas within the fourth set and he lastly cracked Nadal’s serve to pressure a deciding set.
Both gamers served effectively below strain in a tense fifth set earlier than Tsitsipas gained the pivotal break within the eleventh sport after which clinched his memorable victory with a backhand winner down the road.
That drama had appeared unlikely when an aggressive Nadal cruised by means of the opening two units, toying with Tsitsipas and shifting him across the courtroom.
Tsitsipas, nonetheless, hung in there to pressure a 3rd set tiebreak, the place Nadal’s free play in the end proved deadly.
Nadal hoped to finish a 12-year drought on the Australian Open, the one Slam he has not gained a number of occasions.
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