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Tsitsipas defeats Nadal and will play the final against Djokovic

Tsitsipas defeats Nadal and will play the final against Djokovic

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the first Greek player to enter the top ten in tennis history, defeated Spanish Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6 and 6-3 to reach the final of the Mutua Madrid Open for the first time. , where this Sunday he will fight for the title against Serbian Novak Djokovic.

Nadal, a five-time tournament champion, had given him advance notice. “Stefanos is a great player, he has already shown it this year and has great self-confidence,” said the Spanish champion, who for the third time this season has remained in the semifinals of a tournament on gravel (Barcelona, ​​and Monte Carlo) and that now he only has Rome to reach Roland Garros with a title.

Nothing and no one seems to stop the brilliant, intuitive, aggressive and imaginative game of the 20-year-old Athenian, who has already won two titles this season, Marseille and Estoril, and who has chained eight individual matches with the title in Portugal and victories in Madrid. won consecutively.

In Madrid, Stefanos has already defeated two champions of the tournament, the defending champion, the German Alexander Zverev, and now Nadal, winner in five years, and finalist in eight. He is the leader of victories this year with 27.

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He has planted himself in the final with strength and youth, enduring the effort of playing twelve games in ten days, eight singles and four doubles, since he reached the semifinals of this team in Madrid, and showing great ambition.

Djokovic, champion in 2011 and 2016 who previously dominated Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (4) in two hours and 22 minutes, in a great battle from the back of the track, with the current number one of the world resolving a 3-1 down in the first set and 4-2 in the second, this Sunday (18.30) will be the counterpoint of Tsitsipas, the great sensation of the moment.

Only one match serves as a precedent between the two rivals, the one they played in Toronto last year with the Greek victory 6-3, 6-7 (5) and 6-3.

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The emeritus kings Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, witnessed the meeting in the stands and the formidable performance of the Greek player, who with an effectiveness of 75 percent with his first serve, a devilish one-handed backhand, and a cannon on his racket Manolo Santana commanded on center court.

After his great exhibition against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka last night (6-1 and 6-2 in just over an hour), Nadal seemed ready to stop the Athenian again, whom he had beaten in the previous three: in the finals of the Conde de Godó and Toronto last year, and in the semifinals of the Australian Open in January, winning all seven sets played.

But in the semifinal of the Masters 1,000 number 70 of the Spanish, Nadal lacked consistency with his serve, and if during the whole week he had lost it only once, tonight he gave it up six times.

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Yes, Nadal had a great reaction from the 2-2 of the second set, to win five consecutive games later, and take that set in 35 minutes, and dominate 1-0 in the third. But the Athenian returned to the charge later and with a break in the fifth and another in the seventh he served to qualify for his second final of a Masters 1,000.

Nadal, in a final effort, managed to destroy that opportunity and then save three match balls, but in the fourth, his right remained in the net, and the Greek won the match in two hours and 34 minutes.

For Djokovic it will be his first final of the season after winning the 15th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, and 48th of a 1,000 Masters, of which he has won 32 and lost 15. All his experience will be put to the test against an opponent with nothing to lose, and a lot to say in the future. EFE.

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