Nadal is a win away from becoming the fourth man in the Open Era to reach 500 career tour-level wins on hard courts, after Roger Federer (783-155), Novak Djokovic (634-118) and Andre Agassi (592-158).
The Spaniard is also through to the 36th Major semifinal of his career, which is third-most for a man all-time after Federer (46) and Djokovic (42).
Broken down, his 36 career Major semifinals include 7 at the Australian Open, 14 at Roland Garros, 7 at Wimbledon and 8 at the US Open.
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“I am super satisfied and feel very lucky person in general for all the things that happen to me in this life. I have a way to approach life. You can’t be always frustrated if the neighbour has a bigger house than you or a better phone or a better thing. I’m not going to be frustrated if Novak or Roger finishes the career with more Grand Slams than me.
“I mean, let’s enjoy the situation that we did, every one of us, we did very special things in our sport. Let’s enjoy that. Doesn’t matter the other thing.”
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(Carlos Moya told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that Rafa lost 4 kg of weight in sweat during the quarterfinal match against Denis Shapovalov. He believes Rafa will be ready for semis.)
“Después del partido vimos que Nadal había perdido cuatro kilos, la deshidratación fue muy grande”, desveló Moyà en declaraciones a ‘El Partidazo’ de la Cadena Cope. “El día extra le va a venir de perlas. Confío en que esté recuperado al 100% para las semifinales”, añadió su técnico.
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“I was in the corridor and somebody from the tournament just introduced me to her and explained to me a little bit the history. For me it was a pleasure to know more about her, I think it’s amazing, her story; super special to see players from different parts of the world, especially parts of the world that historically we never had players on the tour,” Nadal told The National in a voice message on Tuesday, after he booked himself a spot in the Australian Open semi-finals.
“I think it’s fantastic to see a player from Iran that now is in the juniors and she already won a match. It’s a great story and it really was a pleasure to meet her.
“In this particular case, if that helped her to try to play tennis and now she is where she is, it’s a big honour for me and I’m super happy for that.”
Watch Rafa’s Top 5 shots from the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2022.
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