Neither Stephanos Tsitsipas, the man who finished with Roger Federer in the 16th round, the best of the emerging phenomena, when it comes to a prosperous Grand Slam tournament, knocked Rafael Nadal. The Spaniards won 6-2, 6-4 and 6-0 in one hour and 46 minutes and will play on Sunday before the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Lucas Puil, who is playing today, his fifth Australian Opening Final . In the most demanding match of the six who played in Melbourne, number two in the world is back to finish a superb performance and shows that he is in one of the best moments of his career.
In another show of aggression and power in front of new generations, like what he had left before De Minaur and Thaif, Nadal qualified for his thirteenth final of a great and would seek his eighteenth major. Australian Open champion in 2009, lost the 2012 finals (Djokovic), 2014 (Wawrinka) and 2017 (Federer).
As he develops in his first official tournament for four months, Nadal now seems almost inaccessible. He was able to test the fourteenth Cicipas seed, which was looking for different alternatives to try to stop the storm. His backhand on the hand, being remarkable, does not cease to be an obstacle for a left-handed who knows how to make blood like no one in this corner. Only through attitudes close to recklessness did the man in Athens get out of the game too early. He scored 0-40 in the fifth set of the second set, successfully looking for the net when the storm became stronger.
He tried the same formula in the ninth, before the renewed threat of Nadal, but this time he could not hold on. He handed his service for the third time in the match and in the next game he was two sets. A disappointing outcome for him that he did not even raise his level very much managed to confront his opponent. Evidence of his disappointment was another resignation with the release at the beginning of the third set.
As usual, the marker, Nadal kept his effectiveness without losing the pulse of the game, against a rival who beat last year in the finals of Masters 1000 of Canada and Earl of God.
HOPE AND QUITE YOU FOR THE TITLE
The women's final will be against Japanese Naomi Osaka and Czech Petra Kvitova after winning in the semifinals yesterday with two goals: the trophy and the world's throne number one.
Osaka won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 with Czech Karolina Pliskova (№ 8), who beat Serena Williams after overcoming four games in the previous round.
The young Japanese is ranked 21, for his second Grand Slam final in a row, four months after his title at the US Open.
In the final, Osaka will face Kvitova (N. 6), who finished 7-6 (7/2) and 6-0 with Daniel Collins's beautiful adventure (35th).