Australian Open 2022: Rafael Nadal in the semis with controversies!
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Rafael Nadal reached the semifinal on the Melbourne Park at the Australian Open 2022 for the seventh time in his career as Ivan Lendl. The Spanish champion keeps Denis Shapovalov at bay for two and a half sets before accusing problems.
He hits the double digits with double faults, lacks breath and strength during the fourth, but sips his energy in a practically perfect way in the final rush and after just over four hours he takes advantage of the Canadian's carelessness.
Evidently conditioned by circumstances, evidently terrified of victory. This is the difference. Nadal thus reaches the thirty-seventh Grand Slam semifinal since 2005 and from a rather privileged position he waits for Matteo Berrettini, who defeated Gael Monfils after 5 struggled and incredible sets.
Ashleigh Barty qualified for the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2022 thanks to a superb show of strength against Jessica Pegula, who was annihilated on two sets with the final score of n6-2 6-0. Barty, under the enthusiasm of the Rod Laver Arena and her fans, thus has a great chance of being able to bring Australia close again to win a Grand Slam at home.
In the semifinals she will face the other American Madison Keys, who beat Czech Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets for 6-3 6-2.
Italy with Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner managed to place two players in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2022.
With an extraordinary test of maturity Sinner manages to break down the resistance of Alex De Minaur and to wait for Stefanos Tsitsipas, winner of the challenge against Taylor Fritz. Maxime Cressy creates many problems for Daniil Medvedev in the central part of the day.
After a set of total relaxation, the Russian suffers the constant pressure of the American and pays a rather soft second serve in the heart of the tie break in the third set. The Russian still manages to harpoon the break at 5-5 in the fourth and grabs the forty-ninth career Slam success.
The second quarter-final on the blue of Melbourne Park will be played against Felix Auger Aliassime, executioner of Marin Cilic. Alize Cornet has sensationally defeated Simona Halep and for the first time in her career passes the cut of the round of 16 in a Grand Slam tournament.
Nothing to do for the number sixteen of the group, who only recovered in half a set and a break behind. Cornet checks, who finds the energy necessary enough to give the break in the deciding set and to fix the sweetest success of her in her career at 6-4 4-6 6-4.
In the quarterfinals the challenge with Danielle Collins, who survives the marathon in the early part of the day against Elise Mertens. Finished surprises? Not at all. Also skips the number two of the big group, Aryna Sabalenka, beaten in the final part of the day by the Estonian Kaia Kanepi. She will challenge Iga Swiatek, winner against Sorana Cirstea.