At the Australian Open, it was the day the gods fell. The quarter-finals were a fatal for the world number two, Spain’s Rafa Nadal, and Australian Ranking Queen Ashley Barty. They were both favorites to win the title, but surprisingly they did not reach the semi-finals. Nadal was knocked out by record holder Stefanos Tsitsipas. 5 of the world, at the end of the 4-hour marathon, which has already started very well for the Spaniard.
Looks like he was just playing, and the opponent was on the other side of the net, but his head is elsewhere. It took Nadal less than 40 minutes to dominate two sets with surprising ease, 6-3 and 6-2. But at the start of the third set, Tsitsipas woke up and started playing, which made the Spaniard run a lot. From there there was an escalation, Nadal opposed, stood up, but the 22-year-old Tsitsipas took his hand, then a group (7-6), then another group (6-4), and finally the fifth and decisive set (7-5)). Wonderful return to rejection. Number 5 in the world, sudden disaster, physical breakdown of 34-year-old Mallorca, who was trying to climb his second success in Australia, and instead found himself incredibly outgoing. Only once in his career has Nadal regained two sets together in a major tournament, at the 2015 US Open with Fabio Fognini). In the semi-finals Tsitsipas will face Daniel Medvedev, N. 4 in the ranking that this morning won the Russian derby over Andrei Rublev in the quarter-finals (7-5, 6-3, 6-2).
“I have no words, I have rediscovered my tennis as if by magic. It is an incredible feeling to be able to fight with this level and give everything on the court” Tsitsipas delight. “Obviously I didn’t deserve more – Nadal said disappointed – to play against the best you have to be ready for anything. I think Tsitsipas raised the level a lot during the match. Congratulations to him, I have to go back to training be better. It could happen. Loss to someone. Like him, I can only congratulate. It will be the next time. ”An unexpected result even in the field of women.
The paving of the beloved Barty house by the Czech Karolina Moshova, N. 27 out of the world with a heavy 1-6, 6-2 6-3. There was no audience to support Barty (spectators will return to the stands as of tomorrow, 5 days after the mini-takeoff); In the silence of Road Laver Stadium, the drama of an unrecognizable hero, humiliated by an outsider, has never made it past the second round in Melbourne. And to say that Mochova was physically ill on the field, who at one point requested a break to check her physical condition. “My head was spinning at the end of the first set, I felt dizzy, they took my pressure,” explained Muchova, who also used ice to bring down the temperature. After the medical break, the Czech came back to the field with a load again and surprised Barty who was suspicious, but mathematically, at the end of the game she said that there was no problem with her opponent’s medical stopping, “This is in the rules. After she allowed that episode to become a turning point in the game.” “. From Donani away to the semi-finals: No. 1 World Novak Djokovic will face Arslan Karatsev, the next Russia, from the qualifiers. Tsetsipas and Medieval will compete on Friday. Serena Williams will also meet Japanese Naomi Osaka on Thursday, then comes the turn of Moshova against American Jennifer Brady, who won the American Derby with Jessica Bigula.