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In the first Grand Slam Australian Open Men’s Singles event of the year, World No-2 Spain’s Rafael Nadal suffered a reversal. They were beaten 3–6, 2–6, 7–6, 6–4, 7–5 by Stephanos Sitipas of Greece in a 5-set match that lasted four hours and 5 minutes. This is Sitsippas’ second win in a career over Nadal.
Both have come face to face 8 times so far. In this, Nadal won 6 and Sitsipas won 2 times. Now in the semi-finals, Sitsipas will take on World No. 4 Denil Medvedev on Friday. At the same time, in another semifinal tomorrow, world number-1 Novak Djokovic and Russia’s Aslan Karatsev will face each other.
Nadal won the first 2 sets easily
Nadal won the first 2 sets easily in this match at Road Laver Arena. They won the first set 6-3 and the second set 6-2. After that, he was just one step away from winning the match and reaching the semi-finals, but Sitsipas had a different thinking. The third set reached the tiebreaker, which was won by Sitsipas 7-4 and the set 7-6.
The match reached 5-5 in the fifth set
After this, Sitsipas returned in the fourth set and won 6-4 easily. The match reached the fifth and final set. The set proved to be a masterclass and the duo pushed on to win. At first the set was equal to 5-5 and then reached the deuce several times. In the final, Nadal lost the match point and Sitsipas managed to defeat World No-2 Nadal.
Sitsipas showed better game: Nadal
In the match, Nadal made 42 and Sitsipas made 38 unforced errors. After the defeat, Nadal said that Sitsipas played better on some occasions. I tried everything and was also positive in the match, but it was not enough. Sometimes it is enough to do this, but today it did not happen. Nadal won his first and last Australia Open in 2009.
Don’t know what happened after the third set, I am Nishabd: Sitipas
At the same time, after the victory, Sitipas said, ‘Whatever happened on the court, I am blind. Winning by playing at this level is incredible. I was very nervous before the match. I don’t know what happened after the third set. Everything happened to me after the third set. I was cool during the match.
Third semifinal of sitipas career
Sitsipas is the third player in the world to win the match against Nadal after losing the first 2 sets. Earlier, Federer did this at the Miami Open in 2005 and Fognini at the US Open in 2015. This will be the third semi-final of Sitsippas’ Grand Slam career. Earlier, he reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2019 and the French Open in 2020. He has not won a single Grand Slam so far.
Sitsipas and Medvedev will clash in the semi-finals
Regarding the match against Medvedev in the semi-finals, Sitsipas said that he is a great player. They have won many matches in a row. I am ready for the semi-final against him. World No-4 Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev defeated his own country’s World No-7 Andre Rublev 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in successive sets in the quarter-finals.