Rafael Nadal provides the essential and will be at the rendezvous of the last four of the Masters in London. After its loss to Dominic Thiem (7-6, 7-6), the Spaniard completed his qualification this Thursday by dominating Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-2).
Solid in the first set, the Mallorcan took advantage of a double fault from the Greek to gain the advantage. Before leaving the second round to his opponent … on a double fault. Postponed.
A magical backhand smash
The world number 2 returned to the front at the start of the third set, facing a Stefanos Tsitsipas who had perhaps put all his strength into the battle a little too early and ended up breaking down, quickly led 5-2. A little more in difficulty on his stake at the end of the game, Rafael Nadal ended up enforcing the hierarchy. With the bonus of the point of the match, registered in the first set, with a marvel of backhand smash.
Saturday, Rafael Nadal will face Russian Daniil Medvedev for a place in the final. Dominic Thiem is still waiting for his opponent: it will be the winner of the meeting between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, who face each other this Friday.