Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finals

first_img Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 17:42 IST Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal will next face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRafael Nadal is looking for his second Australian Open titleNadal had won the Australian Open back in 2009Nadal will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final on ThursdayRafael Nadal outclassed USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of the Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Tuesday. Tiafoe, who had a dream run in Melbourne so far, was absolutely no match to the 17-time Grand Slam champion as the rampant Nadal marched forward.Nadal came out with complete gusto and took advantage of the early nerves from Tiafoe and broke the 21-year-old in his first serve.Tiafoe fought hard and in fact served exceptionally well for most part of the match but could not break Nadal even once in the match.In his first service game of the match, Tiafoe got broken in each set to go behind early on. In the third and final set of the match, Nadal broke him twice and served out the set to stay on course for his second title in Melbourne.30th Grand Slam [email protected] #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/eijorlz1E5#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019It was a heartwarming moment in the end when Nadal and Tiafoe hugged each other at the end and exchanged a few words.First time they’ve met.And we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last…@RafaelNadal and @FTiafoe #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/x0wGsCzgvM#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Nadal will next be up against the giant-killer 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut earlier in the day 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2).Stop it @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/22qhcRT2Wo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2019Tsitsipas himself has had a great run so far even defeating the 6-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer and would want to make it to the final.advertisementConsidering the guile and quality of Tsitsipas, Nadal is set to have a tough task ahead of him.Also Read | Stefanos Tsitsipas is not just an Australian Open semi-finalist. He is also a YouTuberAlso Read | Petra Kvitova beats Ashleigh Barty to reach semi-finalsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Frances TiafoeFollow Stefanos TsitsipasFollow Australian Open Australian Open: Rafael Nadal powers past Frances Tiafoe to reach semi-finalsAustralian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal hardly broke a sweat as he defeated USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

UN warns of more heatwave deaths as climate change pushes up temperatures

The warning came days after the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that global temperatures for the first six months of this year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, and the temperature hit 54 degrees Celsius in Kuwait last week.“Millions of people around the world should be receiving heat-related warnings and advisories if we are to avoid a repeat of the thousands of deaths which occurred last year from heatwaves notably in Asia and Europe,” said Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.From 2005 to 2014, an average of 25 major heatwaves were recorded each year resulting in an annual average death toll of 7,232. In 2015, the hottest year on record, there were 3,275 reported deaths from heatwaves in France, 2,248 in India, and 1,229 in Pakistan. “Climate change is amplifying the impact of many extreme weather events including heatwaves,” he added, stressing the need for disaster risk management to focus more on extreme heat to reduce mortality from this particular natural hazard.He called for greater effort to ensure that the poor and vulnerable including refugees, children, older persons and persons living with disabilities are reached with early warnings, and that they have access to water and adequate shelter and protection from the heat and the sun.The theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October is reducing mortality. read more