The Balearic tennis player who dominated the first two sets against Shapovalov had stomach problems and needed all five sets to get rid of the Canadians 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 and 6-3.
Rafael Nadal he will be in the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the seventh time in his career. The former no. 1 and 2009 tournament champion needed all five sets to get rid of Dennis. Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3, in a match that started with an exhibit and that stomach ache was about to knock him off. Again, he took the email, as in the best of times, to save a situation on the limit with his competitiveness, pride and experience.
“I do not even know how I did it. I am devastated”certainly questioned by former world number 1, the American Jim Courier, on the track. “It’s impressive to be in the semi-finals again. Dennis made it very difficult for me. Today I passed a big test. Being here is a gift of life,” he said happily, after ‘ a battle of 4 hours and 8 minutes.
Nadal entered the Rod Laver Arena with the very clear ideas how to play. His knockout was basic and he showed it by conceding only four points and winning 89% with his first discount, hitting with the rest and committing only three unforced errors in an almost perfect first set, which he scored in 39 minutes.
Complaint to the referee
Shapovalov, who came out fast and very irregularly, could not enforce the match he wanted with his powerful service. The Canadian produced it in white (3-1) and after losing the set, he complained to the chair referee, Carlos Bernardesto allow Nadal to lose time.
“You are all corrupt & rdquor;let him be annoyed by the surprise of Nadal that he, after giving up the first game of the second round, surprised by the Canadian’s complaints, approached the network to find out the reason for his protest. Some complaints shortly thereafter, Shapovalov He would transfer his technical team, after giving up his service for the second time (4-2), at a time when the Canadians were proposing more fighting.
Nadal kept to his own, very firm with his game, keep up Shapovalov far from the bottom line and imposing the pace he wanted on the game to force the mistakes of the Canadians making the second round in an hour.
Change of scenery
Shapovalov He tried to step forward to avoid the KO. He improved the efficiency of his knockout and after 2 hours and 12 minutes he scored two first break points (15-40), which he could not achieve. AnyHe saved the situation by forcing three mistakes from the Canadians to return.
But the attitude of the Canadians was no longer the same. He knew he had few opportunities left not to go defeated to the locker room. Shapovalov insisted on his attack and did not miss a second ‘break’ at 0-40 which allowed him to break the serve for the first time Nadal and the third set.
The Canadian tennis player sustained the pressure in the fourth set to make a new ‘break’ (3-1), after Nadal ran out of time and committed a double fault. His attitude was not the same. He was uncomfortable and lost flow in his game.
Nails stomach upset They forced him to seek medical help. His face was twisted and concern was clear in his box. The Canadian took advantage of the situation to take a 5-2 lead and, after saving a 15-40 lead, enforce the fifth set.
endurance and epics
A Nadal it was his turn to resist Shapovalov Prove you could beat him. It seemed like the former number 1 got his energy back a little more after 3 and a half hours of fighting. With the little power he had left, he saved a ‘break point’ in the first game and in the second game he broke the Canadian’s knockdown, to save two new ‘break points’, in a third game of more than 8 minutes, and leads 3-0 on the scoreboard.
Too much advantage for Nadal to escape the match and sign his pass to the semi-finals of the tournament where he will face the winner of the match between the Italians. Mateo Berretini (7 world) and the French Gael Monfils (20).
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