Rafael Nadal is through to the 2019 Australian Open final after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in Thursday’s semifinal contest.
The Spaniard recorded a 6-2 6-4 6-0 victory to seal his fifth final appearance in the Australian Open.
Many had expected that Tsitsipas would give Nadal a run for his money as the 20-year old created headlines by eliminating Roger Federer earlier this week.
However, Tsitsipas was no match for Nadal who won the semi-final tie in straight sets.
“It was a great match, it has been a great tournament and I have played very well every day,” Nadal said. “Hopefully I can play better than that.”
Nadal who won the Australian Open a decade ago in 2009 has still not dropped a set at this year’s tournament and he is one more win away from winning all four Grand Slams at least twice – a feat which no other man has achieved in the Open era.
Nadal will play either top seed Novak Djokovic or France’s Lucas Pouille – who meet on Friday – in Sunday’s final.
Earlier, Naomi Osaka booked her 2nd Grand Slam final spot after edging out Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 to reach the Australian Open final.
She will face Petra Kvitova who entered the final of the Australian Open 2019 after she beat US’ Danielle Collins 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 in the first semifinal.
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