Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Rafael Nadal in semi-final thriller — Madrid Open

ATP Madrid Rafael Nadal improves his game to dismiss Frances Tiafoe

Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Rafael Nadal in semi-final thriller — Madrid Open

It's not been my best night.

Nadal has endured a turbulent few weeks after slipping to surprise defeats in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona last month before then being hit by a stomach bug last Sunday. But this year it hasn't been the case.

"I've played just three tournaments on clay this year", Nadal said. Tsitsipas eventually broke Nadal's serve twice in a row to go up 5-2, showing great composure, maturity, and superb volleying skills up at the net. And this year, it seems that's not the way and I am really close to it, but not managing to win.

While the eighth-time champion would love to extend the streak this week, Nadal said he was also "just playing for my happiness". Even though Nadal is the defending and eight-time champ, one must consider Nole the player to beat. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded.

"He played quite smart, tried moving me around the court". Tsitsipas contested his first ATP final in Barcelona in April and reached the Wimbledon Round of 16 in July, but he truly announced himself at the Rogers Cup in August. He is the tour's winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.

Nishikori and Wawrinka will meet in the third round on Thursday, an early showdown for two players that have reached 12 Grand Slam semi-finals between them. "He's in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won't be easy". I wasn't playing my best tennis after Australia so I was looking to regain the momentum this week.

This was a landmark win because Thiem had already beaten the two most famous players on the tour, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in the past fortnight. "I always play well if I have that mentality".

"At this very important time for me in the season, the win gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros where I definitely want to play my best", said the 15-time Major victor. "These are exactly the matches that I need". "But I think because of the difference in conditions I'm going to have to obviously try to get as many, you know, quality hours on the court training and also competing because it's going to be different". I am really proud of this week. We'll see (for how long) I can (continue to) play at a high level and I will be able to continue. He now has three Madrid Open trophies, adding to the ones he won in 2011 and 2016. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova. "He had a very late night", Djokovic said.

Halep is chasing her third Madrid title after winning the tournament in 2016 and 2017.

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