Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev and Berrettini vs Nadal, Australian Open 2022 Men’s Singles Semifinals Live: Rafael Nadal won a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 thriller over Matteo Berrettini. Daniil Medvedev, the US Open champ, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in another semifinal.
During the first two sets, Nadal dominated, pushing the all-around Italian court and dominating play. Berrettini only had won one point on the second serve throughout 11 attempts once Nadal established a 4-0 lead within the second set.
Matteo got a break in the third set after winning the first two games handily. Throughout the fourth set, he also looked for potential. He had 23 consecutive points on their services at one point; however, Rafa broke and never looked back.
Nadal has become the first guy to have earned 21 grand slams, provided he ends up winning the Final. Having 20 grand slams, he is tied with Federer and Djokovic.
The ball felt heavy and flat, which helped Nadal hold the ball in play, with the roof closed over Rod Laver Arena due to the heavy localized rain and the resulting high humidity in the facility. In the opening two sets, the sixth-seeded Spaniard left-hander won all of the long rallies closely.
On the other hand, Berrettini turned things around halfway through the third set. Berrettini had 3 breakpoints in the 8th game of the 3rd set and transformed his second to take a 5-3 lead. He subsequently held serve for four straight points in the subsequent game to force a fourth set.
Whenever Nadal broke Berrettini’s serve in the 8th game of the 4th set, he regained control. He then maintained to secure the match, then celebrated by pumping his arm 3 times.
The Spaniard won the semifinal after a two-hour-plus 55-minute battle.
With 20 leading singles titles, Nadal is matched with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. In the final on Sunday night, Nadal shall face the winner of the later semifinal involving Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.