Tsitsipas storms back, stuns Nadal in Australian Open

Agence France-Presse
Tsitsipas storms back, stuns Nadal in Australian Open
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas (R) and Spain's Rafael Nadal greet each other after their men's singles quarterfinal match on day ten of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 17, 2021.
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MELBOURNE – Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from two sets down to stun Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, ending the Spaniard's bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title.

Second seed Nadal was on course for a comfortable victory before Tsitsipas turned the match around to prevail 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-5 in a seismic upset.

"I don't know what happened after the third set — I fly like little bird, everything was working for me," Tsitsipas said.

"The emotions at the end were indescribable, they were something else."

It was just the second time Nadal had lost when two sets up in a Grand Slam, having previously fallen to Fabio Fognini in the third round of the 2015 US Open. 

Nadal, 34, remains tied with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles, but Novak Djokovic can pull within two if he wins his 18th major trophy at Melbourne Park.   

Fifth seed Tsitsipas will now attempt to reach a maiden Grand Slam final when he plays the in-form Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal. 

He beat Nadal for just the second time from eight matches. Djokovic will play the other semi-final against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.

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