The duel was enticing, it kept almost all of its promises. After a nice showdown, Rafael Nadal got the better of Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-2) and a little more than two hours of play. The Greek, defending champion, resisted courage for two sets, before letting go in the third. Very solid and very developed physically, Nadal qualifies logically for his 6th semi-final at the Masters.
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A success that took a long time to emerge, but with an almost implacable logic. In a remake-flavored match (the two men had played each other last year, also in a third group match), Rafael Nadal delivered a performance close to perfection. The Mallorcan, like what he shows since the start of the tournament, has served well, even very well. And his forehand still wreaks havoc.
Nadal is ready to finally go to the end
However, the rehearsal scenario would have had enough to drive many professional players mad. After having firmly won the first round, the world n ° 2 gave up the second at the worst possible moment. Never worried until then, “Rafa” indeed saw Tsitsipas take his chance to benefit from his first two break points of the game. The first will be saved with a smash, but on the second, the Spaniard will commit… his first double fault.
A huge fight concluded with a volley … with 2 hands: Nadal launched the hostilities strong
But the third round was finally cut short. If Nadal, imperturbable, has kept a very high level of play, Tsitsipas has dropped him a notch, or even two, making too many mistakes to stay afloat. Broken from the start, in difficulty on every second ball (44% of points won behind), the Greek was deluded the time of an immediate break. But he ultimately did not keep up with the hellish pace imposed by Nadal. The latter finished the match with an impressive ratio of 32 winning points for only 16 unforced errors.
In search of a title that he has never conquered, despite 10 participations, the Mallorcan can be satisfied: his physical condition seems excellent, his game well in place. But the next step could turn out even higher. 2nd in his group behind Dominic Thiem, the Spaniard will have to cross swords with Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. The Russian, winner of the last edition of the Rolex Paris Masters, allowed himself to correct the world n ° 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday. And the slender Muscovite would also see himself conquer the Masters trophy for the first time in his career.
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