Saturday, May 21

Nadal on to the final of the Australian Open – could be historic

(Rafael Nadal – Matteo Berrettini 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3) Spanish Rafael Nadal (35) advanced to the final of the Australian Open. There he could be the first to win 21 Grand Slam tournaments.

TO THE FINAL: Rafael Nadal is on to the final of the Australian Open after beating Italian Matteo Berrettini in the semi-final.

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The Spaniard has previously been in 28 Grand Slam finals. It is the third most after Swiss Roger Federers and Serbian Novak Djokovics 31.

All three have won 20 Grand Slam titles, but now the 35-year-old Spaniard can become the most winning tennis player.

Nadal won his first Grand Slam back in 2005 at the French Open. 17 years later, only the winner of the second semi-final between Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russian Daniil Medvedev can stop him from taking his 21st Grand Slam title.

The veteran started the match steadily and won the first two sets comfortably 6-3 and 6-2. In the third set, Berrettini hit back and created new excitement in the match by the numbers 3-6.

– These are two of the best sets I have played in a long time, Nadal says in an interview shown on Eurosport after the match.

It was a steady start to the fourth set, but with solid play, the Spaniard managed to control it in his favor.

In the ninth game, the Spaniard served Berrettini in the sink and secured his 29th Grand Salm final.

DID NOT GET TO PARTICIPATE: Novak Djokovic was denied entry to Australia by the Australian Federal Court and was not allowed to participate in the Australian Open.

Djokovic was also supposed to play in the Australian Open, and was one of the favorites before the tournament started. Unfortunately for the Serb, he became denied entry to Australia by the Australian Federal Court.

“I am extremely disappointed with the court’s decision to reject my appeal for legal review of the minister’s decision to cancel my visa which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open,” Djokovic said in a statement.

The Serb is ranked as the world’s best tennis player and has won the Australian Open nine times.

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