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Flashy Rafael Nadal: Spaniard shines in semifinal against Frances Tiafoe and at the last four Australian Open

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Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) is Tuesday qualified for the semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The Spaniard won in three sets, the American Frances Tiafoe (ATP 39).

Nadal won in the Rod Laver Arena in 1 hour and 47 minutes, with 6-3, 6-4, and 6-2 against the 21-year-old Tiafoe, who made his first quarterfinals at a grand slam played.

His opponent in the semi-final battle is the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 15). That defeated Tuesday, the Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut (ATP 24) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (7/2). In the eighth finals had Tsitsipas gestunt with a victory against two-time defending champion Roger Federer (ATP 3).

The 32-year-old Nadal for the sixth time in his career, in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. His only title he won exactly ten years ago, in 2009 against Federer. Three times, lost to Nadal in the final in Melbourne (in 2012, 2014 and 2017). Last year was the zeventienvoudige grandslamkampioen in the quarter finals against Marin Cilic.

In the mutual encounters with the 20-year-old Tsitsipas leads Nadal 2-0. He defeated the Greek last season in the finals of the Masters 1.000 tournament in the Canadian Toronto (hard court) and of the Barcelona Open (gravel).

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