Australian Open: Stefanos Tstitsipas stuns Rafael Nadal in five-set thriller to make semis
Greece’s Stefanos Tstitsipas recovered from two set down to defeat Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of Australian Open on Wednesday. Ending the Spaniard’s quest for 21st Grand Slam title, Tstitsipas turned the match around to prevail 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-5.
“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 the second time Nadal lost after being two sets up in a Grand Slam. The first time was in the third round of the US Open in 2015 when he lost to Fabio Fognini.
The 34-year-old Spaniard currently remains tied with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam title wins, but Serbia’s Novak Djokovic can close in the gap if he wins his 18th major trophy at Melbourne Park.
In an attempt to reach his maiden Grand Slam final, fifth seed Tsitsipas will play in-form Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final.
This is his second time defeating Nadal from eight matches. In the other semi-finals, Djokovic will play against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.