Australian Open day 12 recap: Nadal 'sees' the history, supid umpires and...

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Australian Open day 12 recap: Nadal 'sees' the history, supid umpires and...

Rafael Nadal champion becomes the fifth oldest Grand Slam finalist in history, after he reached the final of the Australian Open 2022. A practically flawless performance for two sets, stained by an empty passage in the heart of the third, on which the number six in the world lays the foundations to build success in the moment of maximum difficulty.

Matteo Berrettini, who manages to move the game and find the forehand only when Nadal takes a step back in response, concedes the break after a half-time of twenty-three consecutive points with the serve available. Emblematic is the 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 which matures on the threshold of three hours and twenty of play.

Let's move on to the numbers? Nadal reaches his sixth career final at the Australian Open and twenty-ninth in a Grand Slam tournament. He even beats Roger Federer's record, who had found a place in the historic 2017 final at 35 years and 241 days.

Daniil Medvedev reached the final of the Australian Open 2022 after winning in 4 sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas, and is now waiting for Rafael Nadal on Sunday. Despite some problems, which almost completely stratifies in the central part of the second set, the Russian manages to find more quantity and quality from the baseline, but above all to conserve more energy.

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But it was incredible what happened between Medvedev and the chair umpire. During the change of court on 5-4 of the second set, the n. 2 in the world attacked chair judge Jaume Campistol for not sanctioning Tsitsipas for coaching: "His father talks at every point!

His father talks at every point! Are you stupid? Tsitsipas talks to his father at every point, but he never Got a coaching warning. You're really bad. How is this possible in a Grand Slam semi-final? Look at me when I talk to you!

If it happens again and you don't, you're a, as they say, a kitten!" In an interview with the US newspaper Miami Herald, James Blake hopes that Novak Djokovic can participate in the Miami Open: "We would like to have him, he is one of the greatest champions we've ever had in this sport.

I think he will go down in history. like the greatest. He still has a few years to be at or near the top of the game. It's about figuring out how to navigate this time, the protocols, what's safe, what's not safe?" Iga Swiatek has never hidden that she is a big fan of Nadal: "I watched all Rafael Nadal's games in this tournament, except the one against Denis Shapovalov.

I only saw the fifth set of the match with the Canadian. Rafa has an incredible grit and crazy class, he is a sports legend. I always enjoy watching him play so much. I do not hide the fact that I am a huge fan of him."