Australian Open, Tsitsipas beats Nadal in 5 sets coming back from 0-2 and goes to the semifinals-

Only two men, in the career of Rafa Nothingthere, they had recovered two sets of disadvantage to the Spaniard. After Roger Federer (2005) and Fabio Fognini (2015), here is Stefanos Tsitsipas, who takes the semi-final of the Australian Open after more than four hours of battle (2-6 3-6 7-6 6-4 7-5). Tsitsipas will face Daniil Medvedev, who defeated the other Russian Andrei Rublev in the night. This victory will also enjoy … Novak Djokovic, who will be world number one again on 8 March for the 311st week, overtaking Federer in the all-time ranking.

Great comeback

There was no audience in Melbourne: I’ll be back on Thursday, but in the words of Tsitsipas however, there was an euphoria as if the arena had been full. I don’t know what happened from the third set onwards I was flying like a bird. In the first two, Nadal had led the game, leaving only five games to the opponent (6-3 6-2) and removing the Greek’s service in the eighth game of the first set and immediately at the beginning of the second set. The 0-2 against a fighter like Nadal would have destroyed anyone: the third set is almost not played, also because in eight of the first 10 rounds of service (5-5) Nadal and Tsitsipas keep the serve at zero. At the tiebreak, Tsitsipas at the second set point closes and extends the game to the fourth. Nadal gets away with it twice, canceling a total of three break points then, at 4-4, he has three chances to send Tsitsipas to serve to stay in the match, not exploited. The Greek, at the first break point of the game, merciless and, after having kept the serve at 15, brings the match to the fifth and decisive set. here that Tsitsipas a statue: Nadal sends him to serve to stay in the match, but he doesn’t tremble. On the contrary, in the eleventh game he breaks to zero and shows up to serve for the company. Starts 0-30, but closes at the third match point. Nadal would come out to applause, Tsitsipas with an ovation. On Friday his tournament will continue against Medvedev, who has never lost a match between Paris-Bercy, Atp Finals, Atp Cup and Australian Open.

February 17, 2021 (change February 17, 2021 | 15:01)


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