Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Nadal (Australian Open 2019)

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The Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Rafael Nadal for a place in the first Grand Slam final of the year. The match starts at 9:30 AM CET. Online live streaming for Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Nadal is available (please see below).

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Tsitsipas biggest chance

This will be the third meeting between Tsitsipas and Nadal. The first two meetings did not go well for the Greek. Nadal beat him in Barcelona (final) and again at the Rogers Cup (also a final). So far, Nadal denied Tsitsipas two titles, one of which being a Masters trophy.

But Tsitsipas was younger and unexperienced. In fact, the Greek’s rise in the ATP ranks is brand new. Just one year ago, Tsitsipas barely broke into the Top 100 and his ranking fluctuated around the 80 position. He is now ranked #15 and will surely climb into the Top 10 after the Australian Open.

Now, with two major titles under his belt (Stockholm and the NextGen Finals) and two more important finals (Barcelona and Rogers Cup), Tsitsipas should be able to reach his first Grand Slam final.

Should Nadal be worried?

After seeing Nadal playing against Tiafoe, the answer is “maybe”. Rafa is playing stellar tennis and, most important, seems to be in excellent physical form. And we all know what happens when Nadal is physically fit: he can beat anyone, anytime. However, each match is different, so Nadal should approach this match with caution. He is the favourite, but so was Federer, and he lost to Tsitsipas.

Road to semifinals

Nadal did not lose any set so far at the Australian Open, but his opponents were, more or less, second hand players. Of course, Alex de Minaur, Tomas Berdych or Frances Tiafoe are not bad players, but they are far from the level of some top 10 players. Nadal’s half-section of the draw was fairly easy and the Spaniard has yet to compete against a top player.

On the other side of the net, for Tsitsipas things were a lot more complicated. He faced #5 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, the #3 seed Roger Federer and the #22 seed Roberto Bautista, losing a set in each match but still emerging victorious. He spent a lot more time on court, but defeating such top players must have had a huge emotional impact. Now, he’s got the confidence needed to try and defeat Nadal for the first time and also achieve his best performance in tennis, so far.

Prediction

It’s impossible to predict for sure that the favourite, Rafa Nadal, will win this match. Of course, the odds are in his favour, but Tsitsipas has a big chance here. In any way we look at it, this match will one to remember.

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