Australian Open: Dominic Theim beats World No.1 Rafael Nadal to enter semi-finals
New Delhi | Jagran Sports: Dominic Thiem has defeated World No.1 Rafael Nadal to enter semi-finals of the Australian Open. In the match that lasted for 4 hours and 10 minutes, Theim knocked out world No.1 Rafael Nadal, 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) to enter semifinal of the tournament for the first time.
The 26-year-old will next face Alex Zverev--seventh seed Zverev who shattered the dreams of veteran Stan Wawrinka 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to book a maiden place in a Grand Slam last four-- for a place in the final, a match-up scarcely imaginable at the start of the tournament.
Fifth seed Thiem will head into Friday's clash against the young German brimming with confidence, having ended Nadal's bid for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.
Awaiting the winner of that clash will be either seven-time champion Novak Djokovic or six-time winner Roger Federer, who meet in the other semi-final.
"All the match was on a very good level, I think we are both in great form," Thiem said as quoted by AFP.
"Today I had the feeling I was lucky in the right situation ... it is necessary because he is one of the greatest of all time. You need some luck to beat him," he added.
The Austrian turned the tables has now turned tables on the man who beat him in two French Open finals and three Garnd slam duels.
Theim is only the second Austrian to reach last four at Melbourne Park.
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