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Australian Open 2019, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Nadal, Men's Singles Semi-finals, highlights: Rafa storms into final

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Australian Open 2019, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rafael Nadal, Men's Singles Semi-finals, highlights: Rafa storms into final
  • Petra Kvitova beats Danielle Collins 7-6, 6-0 to enter the finals, after Collins was involved in an argument with umpire Carlos Ramos

  • Naomi Osaka joined Petra Kvitova in the final of the Australian Open after defeating Karolina Pliskova over three sets

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Jan 24, 2019 - 16:22 (IST)

That's it from us!

Thank you for following us as we brought you all the latest updates from the semi-final matches today. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the men's singles semi-final between World No 1 Novak Djokovic and 28th seed Lucas Pouille. Goodbye!

Jan 24, 2019 - 16:16 (IST)

Rafael Nadal storms into his fifth Australian Open final! 

Jan 24, 2019 - 16:15 (IST)

Rafael Nadal storms into his fifth Australian Open final!

Jan 24, 2019 - 16:05 (IST)

Tsitsipas vs Nadal 2-6, 4-6, 0-6. Game, set and match, Rafael Nadal!

This has been an exhibition of top-class tennis from the World No 2. Tsitsipas barely got a sniff in the entire match as Nadal made quick work of his younger opponent to book his spot in his fifth Australian Open final. This has been a humiliating defeat for Tsitsipas who was gunning to end the older guard's monopoly. Nadal will now wait to see who among Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille he will face in Sunday's final.

Jan 24, 2019 - 15:59 (IST)

Tsitsipas vs Nadal 2-6, 4-6, 0-5*

Nadal gets another break, this time to love. Nadal will serve for the match and try and end Tsitsipas' Greek tragedy. Will he dish a bagel to go with it though?

Jan 24, 2019 - 15:55 (IST)

Tsitsipas vs Nadal 2-6, 4-6, *0-4

Tsitsipas is giving up by the looks of it. Nadal's forehand looked like it landed out and was worthy of a challenge. Tsitsipas thinks that it would be called out and pauses mid-point but after the call doesn't come, instead of reviewing, he continues and nets an easy forehand later in the rally. Nadal goes on to get another easy hold.

Jan 24, 2019 - 15:52 (IST)

Tsitsipas vs Nadal 2-6, 4-6, 0-3*

Amen to that!

Jan 24, 2019 - 15:51 (IST)

Tsitsipas vs Nadal 2-6, 4-6, 0-3*

Triple breakpoint for Nadal and he brings it up with a well-placed lob. Nadal runs Tsitsipas to the ground and gets the break with an overhead smash. 

Jan 24, 2019 - 15:46 (IST)

Tsitsipas vs Nadal 2-6, 4-6, *0-2

Nadal fires in two aces in another love-hold. He's running away with the match!

Jan 24, 2019 - 15:45 (IST)

Tsitsipas vs Nadal 2-6, 4-6, 0-1*

Hi, John McEnroe!

Preview: Rafael Nadal lines up against exciting young prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas Thursday as he targets a fifth Australian Open final as form player Petra Kvitova looks to extend a 10-match win streak.

In Day 11 of action at the opening Grand Slam of the year, one of the men's finalists will be decided and both the women's.

Nadal has blasted through the draw without dropping a set, but Tsitsipas could be a tougher proposition after he pulled off the win of his life to knock out Roger Federer in four sets in the last 16.

The Spanish second seed, who plays the night match, is wary of the new Greek star, who he called "one of the best players in the world".

But he also declared his own time was not yet up as he chases an 18th Grand Slam title.

"They can wait a little bit," said Nadal of the new kids on the block. "But looks like they don't want to."

Seeded 14, Tsitsipas has plenty of respect for the world number two but is also surging with confidence at his best Grand Slam ever.

"I feel like I can do something good against him," said the 20-year-old.

The second men's semi-final, between six-time winner Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille, who is in his first last four match at a major, will played on Friday.

Two-time Wimbledon champion and eighth seed Kvitova faces tournament surprise package Danielle Collins, who stunned world number two Angelique Kerber on her way to her first Slam semi.

The unheralded American has adopted an aggressive approach during her campaign and is looking forward to meeting Kvitova, who beat her at the warm-up Sydney International in three tight sets.

"She's an incredible champion, has gone through a lot," Collins said, referring to the knife attack on Kvitova in December 2016 that almost derailed her career.

"We had a really great battle a couple weeks ago, one of the best matches I've played and I didn't even win. So I'm very familiar with her."

In the second women's semi-final, US Open champion Naomi Osaka takes on dangerous Czech Karolina Pliskova, who sensationally bounced back from 5-1 down in the third set to knock out Serena Williams in the last eight.

The Japanese fourth seed is looking to win back-to-back Grand Slam titles and is expecting a testing encounter from the never-say-die seventh seed.

"She's really tough to play. Like, I can barely read her serve, so it's very difficult for me," she said.

With inputs from AFP

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