Rafael Nadal reached the semifinal on the Melbourne Park at the Australian Open 2022 for the seventh time in his career as Ivan Lendl. The Spanish champion keeps Denis Shapovalov at bay for two and a half sets before accusing problems.
He hits the double digits with double faults, lacks breath and strength during the fourth, but sips his energy di lui in a practically perfect way in the final rush and after just over four hours he takes advantage of the Canadian's carelessness.
Rafa has shown once again how complete his echnical repertoire is: in a rally, the Spaniard defended the impossible against Shapovalov, even at the net, scoring a truly fantastic point. Evidently conditioned by circumstances, evidently terrified of victory.
This is the difference. Nadal thus reaches the thirty-seventh Grand Slam semifinal since 2005 and from a rather privileged position he waits for the match between Matteo Berrettini and Gael Monfils. Pearl number twenty-one is just missing two hits.
The women's singels quarterfinals
Ashleigh Barty qualified for the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2022 thanks to a superb show of strength against Jessica Pegula, who was annihilated on two sets with the final score of n6-2 6-0.
Barty, under the enthusiasm of the Rod Laver Arena and her fans di lei, thus has a great chance of being able to bring Australia close again to win a Grand Slam at home. In the semifinals she will face the other American Madison Keys, who beat Czech Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets for 6-3 6-2.