'Rafael Nadal played a great match, it was bad luck,' says Mats Wilander



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'Rafael Nadal played a great match, it was bad luck,' says Mats Wilander

In the best match of the tournament so far, Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted Rafael Nadal 3-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 in four hours and five minutes to reach his second Australian Open semi-final in three years! Nadal held everything under control in the opening two sets and had the opportunity to seal the deal in straight sets before spraying some loose errors in the third set's tie break.

Stefanos was already playing well after set number two, gathering a boost in that third and never looking back in his service games. The pressure was on Rafa in sets four and five, and he couldn't endure it after losing the drive, getting broken once in each to propel the young Greek over the finish line and hit the exit door.

It was only the third defeat for the great Spaniard after taking two sets to love lead and the second at Majors.

Rafael Nadal lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets in Melbourne.

From the fourth set, Rafa lost the pace a bit with his groundstrokes.

Simultaneously, Stefanos threw everything he had on his opponent, delivering one good hold after another and completing his most remarkable career victory. Speaking about the match, Mats Wilander said that Nadal should be fine in a couple of weeks, knowing he plays on a high level and waiting for the clay swing with positive vibes.

The Swede believes that Nadal also had bad luck in trying to seal the deal in straight sets, playing some loose shots and losing ground after that to suffer a tough defeat. Nadal has signed to play at the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam in the first week of March.

We are yet to see if the Spaniard would compete in the Netherlands for the first time since 2009 or skip it and rest more ahead of Miami. "Rafa will probably be off for two or three weeks. I think the fact that he can't win the Australian Open after that lone 2009 crown, I think he's going to shrug it off and realize, 'maybe I wasn't strong enough physically to keep this level up.'

He was going for big shots; that's not him, and it didn't work. Rafa will return to the practice court, hit some balls and realize that he is at the same level as the last year's Roland Garros. He played great against Tsitsipas, and it was bad luck that he couldn't cross the finish line first," Mats Wilander said.