Nadal loses to Tsitsipas in 5 at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE: The Latest on Day 10 of the Australian Open (all occasions native):


11:55 p.m.


Rafael Nadal’s bid for a males’s-record twenty first Grand Slam title has ended with a five-set loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

It is just the second time in Nadal’s profession he has misplaced a Grand Slam match after taking the opening two units.

He went forward moderately simply in opposition to Tsitsipas to run his streak of consecutive units gained at main tournaments to 35.

But a surprisingly poor tiebreaker by Nadal helped give the third set to Tsitsipas and start the epic comeback.

Now the 22-year-old from Greece will strive to attain his first main remaining by beating Daniil Medvedev on Friday.


11 p.m.

Rafael Nadal’s bid for a document twenty first Grand Slam title is in bother.

He has been pushed to a fifth set by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Nadal took the primary two units pretty simply to run his streak of consecutive units gained at main tournaments to 35.

But Nadal made some errors in a third-set tiebreaker and dropped it.

Tsitsipas then took the fourth set, too.

Nadal solely as soon as has misplaced a Grand Slam match after taking the primary two units.

That occurred at the 2015 U.S. Open in opposition to Fabio Fognini.


10 p.m.


Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam set streak has ended at 35 after he dropped one in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Nadal took the primary two units of their match 6-3, 6-2, giving him 14 in a row at Melbourne Park, on high of the 21 straight he claimed whereas successful the championship at the French Open in October.

But Tsitsipas grabbed the third set in a tiebreaker with the assistance of some uncharacteristic errors by Nadal.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion flubbed two overheads in the tiebreaker and likewise framed a backhand. Nadal pushed one other backhand lengthy on the final level of that set.

That leaves Nadal one wanting Roger Federer’s skilled period document of 36 units in a row at main tournaments


7 p.m.


Fans might be allowed again at the Australian Open after a five-day lockdown in Melbourne.

Australia’s second-largest metropolis will calm down its third lockdown at midnight Wednesday after authorities contained the unfold of a COVID-19 cluster centered on resort quarantine.

Tournament director Craig Tiley mentioned the gang might be capped at 7,477 – half the capability of Rod Laver Arena – for every of the final 4 days of the event.

Crowds of up to 30,000 a day had been allowed into Melbourne Park for the primary 5 days of the event. Those had been the primary sizable crowds in 12 months at a serious. The U.S. Open did not permit spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the French Open restricted numbers to fewer than 1,000. Wimbledon was canceled.

Tiley mentioned, “We look forward to welcoming fans back … for the next four days and to finishing the event safely and on a high.”

He described the ambiance as “electric” in the primary 5 days and “the players appreciated the opportunity to compete in front of crowds for the first time in almost a year, and many spoke about how emotional it was to connect with fans again.”

Both girls’s semifinals and the primary of the boys’s semifinals might be held Thursday. The girls’s singles remaining is scheduled for Saturday and the boys’s singles remaining on Sunday.


5:45 p.m.


Daniil Medvedev will take a 19-match successful streak into the Australian Open semifinals after beating fellow Russian Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.

The pair had been teammates when Russia gained the ATP Cup workforce occasion on the eve of the Australian Open. They had been on reverse sides of the web on Wednesday, and Medvedev was dominant.

The No. 4-seeded Medvedev hasn’t dropped a set to No. 7-seeded Rublev in 4 tour-level matches. That contains their assembly in the U.S. Open quarterfinals final 12 months.

He known as for the coach after the match to therapeutic massage his higher legs as he sat in a courtside chair earlier than a TV interview.

“First time. I think I never saw it also,” he mentioned in the on-court interview. “I went to the bench, last game of the match. I started cramping. I knew he was cramping also. At the end, I locked completely … three last points when I was getting ready for the serve.”

Medvedev is into the semifinals of a serious for the third time. He will subsequent play both 20-time main winner Rafael Nadal or No. 5-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas.

There’s two Russian males in the semifinals. No. 114-ranked Aslan Karatsev will play top-ranked Novak Djokovic for a spot in the ultimate.


4 p.m.


Last 12 months’s Australian Open champion, Sofia Kenin, says she had her appendix eliminated this week.

The 22-year-old American posted on Twitter on Wednesday that she went to see the event physician this week with “acute abdominal pain.”

She wrote that the physician despatched her to a hospital, the place she was recognized with acute appendicitis after a medical scan and had surgical procedure on Monday.

Kenin misplaced to Kaia Kanepi in straight units in the second spherical of her title protection at the Australian Open final week.

Kenin then dropped her opening match at a lower-level WTA occasion held at the identical website in Melbourne in opposition to Australian teenager Olivia Gadecki on Saturday.


3:15 p.m.


Jennifer Brady has reached her second Grand Slam semifinal in a row by beating fellow American and good buddy Jessica Pegula 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at the Australian Open.

Brady’s opponent Thursday might be Karolina Muchova. The No. 25 seed rallied previous No. 1 Ash Barty 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. The United States may have a semifinalist in the ladies’s draw at Melbourne for the eleventh 12 months in a row.

The No. 22-seeded Brady struggled at occasions and gave her racket an indignant toss halfway by way of the second set. The unseeded Pegula, who superior past the third spherical at a serious for the primary time, appeared to tire down the stretch.

Brady is a former UCLA star. She reached her first main semifinal at the U.S. Open in September.


1:20 p.m.


Top-ranked Ash Barty has been upset by No. 25-seeded Karolina Muchova in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Muchova earned her first semifinal berth in a Grand Slam, and her comeback win ended Barty’s bid to change into the primary Australian lady to win the title in Melbourne since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

Early in the second set, Muchova took an harm timeout that lasted almost 10 minutes. She mentioned her head was spinning, and medical personnel took her pulse and temperature earlier than she left the court docket. When she returned, she performed a lot better.

Muchova’s opponent Thursday would be the winner of the final quarterfinal, an all-American matchup between No. 22-seeded Jennifer Brady and unseeded Jessica Pegula.


11:20 a.m.


Play is underway because the quarterfinals resume at the Australian Open, with the primary match pitting top-seeded Ash Barty in opposition to No. 25 Karolina Muchova.

They’ll be adopted by an all-American matchup between Jennifer Brady and unseeded Jessica Pegula.

Then come the final two males’s quarterfinals. Andrey Rublev faces fellow Russian Daniil Medvedev, and in the night time session, Rafael Nadal performs Stefanos Tsitsipas. Nadal is making an attempt to attain a Grand Slam semifinal for the thirty fifth time.

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