Rafael Nadal celebrates in his crushing make an impression on the American Frances Tiafoe in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
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Tue 22 Jan 2019 07.26?EST
First published on Tue 22 Jan 2019 05.09?EST
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Rafael Nadal beats Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2!
Rafael Nadal wins the other set!
Rafael Nadal wins the very first set 6-3!
From the Press Association:
Rafael Nadal reached his 30th grand slam semi-final which has a crushing victory over Frances Tiafoe on the Australian Open.
The second seed visited Melbourne having not played a match since September because of a series of injury problems but has barely place a foot wrong all fortnight and is particularly the sole man not to have dropped a set. That statistic has not been challenged by young American Tiafoe, who was simply swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in just one hour and 47 minutes.
Nadal, who extended his winning streak over Americans to 21 straight matches, said: “For me it is quite emotional to be back in the semi-finals in Melbourne. I had put together some troubles in my career, so to be back means everything if you ask me. Naturally I’m very happy with the way that I played tonight.”
The 32-year-old has recently dismissed two next-gen in Tiafoe and Alex De Minaur, and ought to get prepared for another in Stefanos Tsitsipas. “I said a number of rounds ago that they’ll wait a little, but it really appears they just don’t prefer to wait,” said Nadal using a smile. “It’s going to be an awesome year regarding sharing generations. That creates this sport special.”
He added of Tsitsipas: “He’s a farmer that in the last year he has been improving each and every month. He’s in a position to win from the top players of the universe already. He’s a great player. He’s unbelievable today but he can have the opportunity to be one of the greatest for such a long time.”
This has become a breakthrough slam for Tiafoe, who turned 21 on Sunday, but he was simply unable to match the relentless power and consistency of Nadal. He or she struggled physically throughout his fourth-round victory over Grigor Dimitrov, turning to drinking pickle juice as a measure to give him energy. His plan were to attack the Spaniard as soon as possible in rallies, but, as countless opponents have realized, that is certainly easier said than can be done anf the husband was firmly around the back foot from the moment he lost his opening service game.
After dropping serve again at the start of another set, Tiafoe had two chances so you can get back on level terms from the fourth game but tend to require either and from that point Nadal raced into the finish line.
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