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