Nadal gets a makeover

Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios will face-off on Friday in the semi-finals

A new performance in 5 sets for Rafa

One would wonder if the Spaniard is 36 years old, more than 4 hours of play, a super tie break to separate the two men, in the end it is Rafael Nadal who wins (6-3,5-7,6-3,5-7,6-7) at the end of the suspense. The game had started badly after a break, Nadal was debreaker directly and then does not win a game in the set. Then, Nadal came back to a set all and lost the third set with the same score as the first. At this point, Nadal has once again become the player capable of transcending himself thanks to his inimitable forehand and iron defense. He still remains in contention for the prestigious calendar grand slam, to eliminate Nick Kyrgios and win a final against either Cameron Norrie or his long-time rival, Novak Djokovic.

A first semi-final for Kyrgios

This is the tournament of his career, the 27-year-old Australian qualified this afternoon for the first time in the semifinals of a Grand Slam against the surprise of the London draw, the Chilean Criistian Garin ( 4 – 6, 3 – 6, 5-7). It is not without difficulty that the Australian began the match by conceding the first nine points by the Chilean who took the break at the beginning. Nick Kyrgios quickly corrected the shot by breaking and then breaking again to take the first set. The second set was one-sided for the Australian. It was in the third set that the pressure of a first qualification to the last four made the Australian doubt. An accumulation of unforced errors, then of annoyances on the court made it difficult to win the third set. Kyrgios pulled off a tie-break in extremis that he concluded with a single match point won on Garin’s serve.

How far will he go?

On Friday, it will be the great unknown for the big mouth of the circuit, but seems in another dimension on the London grass. His next opponent for a potential final? The king of the early season, Rafael Nadal. The freshness could be an advantage for Kyrgios who does not have 5 sets in the legs like his opponent. Nevertheless, the shoulder of the Australian will it hold? Injured since the round of 16, an injury would be the worst case scenario for a man who only dreams of a final against another king of the discipline, Novak Djokovic or an outsider like the British Norrie.

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