Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st grand slam title ended at the Australian Open on Wednesday with a quarter-final defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Nadal was overhauled 3-6 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 7-5 by the Greek in the evening clash at Rod Laver Arena.
The Spaniard, bidding to overtake Roger Federer’s haul of 20 grand slam titles, looked to be cruising to victory at two sets up but his opponent mounted a sensational fightback to win and book a semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, who earlier defeated his Russian compatriot, Andrey Rublev, by a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.
“I have no words to describe what [happened] on the court,” Tsitsipas said afterwards. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to play at such a level. I started very nervously, I don’t know what happened after the third set, I flew like a little bird. Everything worked.”
“The emotions are indescribable. I focused on staying calm and holding my nerves. I would also give part of my victory by being calm with my mood. I have been working on trying to keep emotions to myself,” added the 22-year-old, who lost to Nadal in straight sets in last year’s semi-final in Melbourne.
Full report to follow …