Rafael Nadal beats Frances Tiafoe in Australian Open quarter-finals

By Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

Rafael Nadal fired down 11 aces in his victory over Frances Tiafoe
Australian Open 2019
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January
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2d seed Rafael Nadal eased past unseeded American Frances Tiafoe to reach the Australian Open semi-finals and continue his uncover to steal all four Huge Slams for a second time.

The 32-300 and sixty five days-used Spaniard cracked 29 winners in a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory.

Nadal broke 21-300 and sixty five days-used Tiafoe in each and each of his first carrier games of the save of residing.

The 17-time Huge Slam champion will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in the closing four after the 20-300 and sixty five days-used Greek beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.

“It’s emotional to be help in the semi-finals,” stated Nadal, who retired injured in his quarter-closing against Marin Cilic closing 300 and sixty five days.

“I had some troubles in this tournament so, after a whereas of now not playing, to be help in the semi-closing skill so a lot to me. I in actuality feel very lucky to be the save I’m after your entire troubles I have been by.”

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Nadal dominates subsequent generation

Nadal, who did grasp to stave off two damage functions at 2-1 in the second save of residing, has now not dropped a save of residing as he objectives to changed into the principle man to steal each and each of the four Huge Slams twice in the Open era.

Regardless of reaching a minimal of the quarter-finals in 11 of his past 12 appearances, including four finals, he has handiest converted one among those runs into victory – his sole triumph at Melbourne Park in 2009.

And, no topic now not playing competitively since September’s US Open due to extra than one injuries, he has cruised by his opening five fits.

Tiafoe, who smartly-known his twenty first birthday by reaching his maiden Huge Slam quarter-closing on Sunday, could well perchance now not contend with Nadal’s quality and depth.

He had spent practically 12 hours on court docket coming into the match – extra than three hours longer than Nadal – including his four-save of residing wins over Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson and historical world quantity three Grigor Dimitrov.

Nadal broke again for a 5-2 lead in the third, going on to help out victory in one hour and 47 minutes.

The Spaniard historical his trademark forehand to very giant originate, in particular down the line, hitting 13 winners on that side.

“The help and winner with the principle forehand is one thing critical for me, critical on the present time, but additionally critical if I are eager to make a selection playing for a few years,” he stated.

“It has given me a quantity of free functions and that is so critical at this stage of my profession.”

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Tsitsipas, 20, followed his closing-16 victory over defending champion Roger Federer with one other four-save of residing steal over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut earlier on Tuesday.

Nadal has crushed the Greek in straight sets in each and each of their outdated meetings – in ATP finals on clay in Barcelona and the Toronto exhausting-court docket closing 300 and sixty five days.

“It could perchance well well perchance be a wide 300 and sixty five days to be sharing generations, that’s what makes this sport particular – let’s belief what happens,” Nadal stated.

“Staunch by the closing 300 and sixty five days he has been bettering every month. He has already won a match and now in the semi-finals and in a location to steal against handiest gamers in the sphere.

“He’s unbelievable on the present time but he has the likelihood to be one among the handiest for a in actuality long time.”

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