Nadal Storms Into Semis

January 25, 2022 Nadal Storms Into Semis

By: Carlos Alvarez

AUS Open: (6) Rafael Nadal Punches Ticket to Semifinals With 5th-Set Takeover

Tuesday morning’s opening quarterfinal match saw (6) Rafael Nadal take a two-set lead before surrendering two sets to (14) Denis Shapovalov. In the fifth set, following a controversial health check and extended restroom break, it was all Nadal. Shapovalov was furious with the momentum swing that took place, but to no avail. With Novak Djokovic out of the picture, Rafa is two matches away from his record-setting 21st slam. Plenty of qualifiers still stand in the way, including (2) Daniil Medvedev and (4) Stefanos Tsitsipas in action today.


Men’s Quarterfinal Highlights

(6) R. Nadal def. (14) D. Shapovalov (6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3)


Men’s Quarterfinal Schedule

(7) M. Berrettini vs. (17) G. Monfils (4:15 am ET)

(4) S. Tsitsipas vs. (11) J. Sinner (11:00 pm ET)

(2) D. Medvedev vs. (9) F. Auger-Aliassime (3:30 am ET)


Additional Storylines

EuroSport: ‘You Guys Are All Corrupt!’ — Shapovalov in Furious Rant at Umpire

AUSOpen: Tsitsipas Shows Steel to Edge Fritz in 4th-Round Thriller


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