This might come as a surprise for many, but the world number two lost the quarter-finals match against Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece with 6:3, 6:2, 6:7 (4:7), 4:6, 5:7. After an initially one-sided performance, the Spaniard lost an extraordinary five-set tennis spectacle of 4:05 to world number six. The Greek is only the second player to defeat Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament after trailing 2-0 in sets.
The first two sets of Nadal vs Tsitsipas match looked like a one-sided affair with the Greek not taking any risks and playing too safe. With the third set, the change came, however.
In the tiebreak, Nadal made unusual errors and left Tsitsipas with easy points. As a result, he lost the set. The Greek improved in his game and started to play more aggressively, and Nadal had to fight harder for his service games. At 3:3 in the fourth set, Tsitsipas received a warning. At 4:4 he had an insect removed from the court, but then he managed the break and a little later the set equalizer. In the deciding set, Tsitsipas took Nadal’s serve for 6:5 to nil, and Nadal fended off two more match points.
Following the match, Tsitsipas said, “I am speechless. I don’t have words to describe what just happened […] I don’t know what happened from the third set on“.
In the semi-finals, Tsitsipas will meet the Russian Daniil Medvedev at the court. Daniil Medvedev won over compatriot Andrei Rublev with 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. At that match spectators, 50% of the arena’s capacity, will be allowed to see the match live as the 5-days-lockdown in Melbourne finish on Wednesday night.