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Australian Open: Relentless Nadal crushes Tsitsipas in straight sets, into final

AFP
Published Jan 24, 2019, 4:14 pm IST
Updated Jan 24, 2019, 4:17 pm IST
Nadal slayed young gun Tsitsipas, who stunned Federer in the quarterfinals.
The Spaniard last won the tournament in 2009 but could do it on Sunday again with the winner of Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille set to face him. (Photo: AFP)
 The Spaniard last won the tournament in 2009 but could do it on Sunday again with the winner of Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille set to face him. (Photo: AFP)

Melbourne: Penpix of Australian Open finalist Rafael Nadal after he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 in the semi-finals at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

The King of Clay has never enjoyed as much success in Australia as he has at the other Grand Slams. But his high-energy tennis has paid off this year with a fifth appearance in the final locked in.

 

Only Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have played more, with seven. The Spanish great had another stellar year in 2018, winning five titles including his 11th French Open and now has 80 tournament wins to his name, having claimed his first back in 2004.

The injury-plagued Nadal underwent right ankle surgery in November, but hasn't been troubled by the problem in Melbourne.

 

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