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Australian Open: Thiem ends Nadal’s journey

By Jacob Akindele
30 January 2020   |   4:24 am
• Meets Zverev in semifinals Dominic Thiem defeated Rafael Nadal 7/6(2); 7/6(4); 4/6; 7/6(6) while Alexander Zverev defeated Stan Wawrinka to set up their encounter in the semi-finals. Thiem won the first set first set in a tie breaker by 7points to 3. Nadal broke in the fifth game of the second set and held…

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning third set against Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their men’s singles quarter-final match on day ten of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2020. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

• Meets Zverev in semifinals

Dominic Thiem defeated Rafael Nadal 7/6(2); 7/6(4); 4/6; 7/6(6) while Alexander Zverev defeated Stan Wawrinka to set up their encounter in the semi-finals.

Thiem won the first set first set in a tie breaker by 7points to 3. Nadal broke in the fifth game of the second set and held at love to lead 4-2. In the eighth game, a mishit Thiem forehand landed on Nadal’s baseline and a net-cord led to 0-40.

Nadal received a warning on the 25-second rule between points. Thiem took the ninth game at love but Nadal delivered two aces to level 5-5. At 6 games apiece, Thiem won the first four points in the tie break but conceded a service point at change-over. Nadal leveled 4-all but a failed drop-shot attempt and a net-cord gave Thiem the game by 7 points to 4.

In the second set, Nadal led 1-0 but Thiem delivered two aces in taking the second game. Thereafter, each player held serve and Nadal led 5-4. Serving to save the set, Thiem fell behind 0-30 and faced two break threats at 15-40. He cancelled one of them but Nadal took the game and set 6 – 4.

Thiem secured a break of serve to take the fifth game of the fourth set and he extended the lead to 4-2. Nadal held serve to take the ninth game. Serving for the match, Thiem opened with his 15th ace but Nadal leveled 5-5. In the tie break, Nadal led 2-1 but conceded two service points after long rallies.

Thiem led 4-2 and extended the lead to 5-2. Nadal held his next two service points. Thiem lost his first match point at 6-4 and also at 6-5 when Nadal leveled 6 points apiece.

After the second change of ends, Thiem reached the third match point on his serve and clinched the game 8 points to 6.In the other battle of generations, Zverev defeated Wawrinka 1/6; 6/3; 6/4; 6/2, after which he said: “It feels great (to be in my first Grand Slam semi-finals). I hope this is the first of many.”

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