Rafael Nadal advanced to the Australian Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over American rising star Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday. He needed just an hour and 47 minutes to progress and is still on track for his first title at Melbourne since 2009. It was a 30th Grand Slam semi-final for him, and his sixth in Melbourne.
Rafa is yet to drop a set at this year’s first major, and rarely dropped even a point on his service game against Tiafoe.
After the match, Rafa said:
It’s very emotional for me to be back in the semi-finals here in Melbourne. To be back in the semi-final means everything to me. It’s great feelings. To be able to play in this court is always so special and of course I’m happy with how I played tonight.
Our champ takes on Roger Federer’s conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas in a semifinal on Thursday.