Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Australian Open : Nadal beats Raonic In Quarter Final to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final since 2014.

                         Rafael Nadal defeated Milos Raonic in 3 straight Sets 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 6-4. 

 2009 champ Nadal is though to his 24th Major SF with 6-4 7-6(7) 6-4 win over world No.3 Raonic, his 50th Australian Open match victory. 

                        Injury was a main issue for Rafael Nadal in recent year , because of that he missed many games and also he was not able to play at his best. Nadal last reached a Grand Slam semi-final when he won the French Open - his last major title - three years ago.

                        In this Australian Open it's look like Nadal was nearly at his best.

                          First set :

                         Nadal played incredible tennis in the first set , hitting 12 winners and only 2 unforced errors. Those are number associated with the Nadal when he was in his prime.

                         Nadal broke Raonic's fifth serve game , Raonic's mishit on Volley handed a game to Nadal.and in Next game ,Nadal served out strongly, grabbing the set with an imperious overhead smash.


                          Second Set :

                           Raonic took a medical time-out after holding serve to lead 3-2 in the second set . 

                           Raonic leading a game with 5-4 , A double-fault from the Spaniard offered two set points when he was serving to stay in the set at 5-4. Nadal saved all break points and match went into a tie-break.

                           Nadal could have led 4-0 but missed a pair of forehands, so it was 2-2.

                           Raonic gained a 6-4 advantage, but a good serve from Nadal accounted for the fourth set point and the Canadian then double faulted long on the fifth. 

                           Nadal's first set point, Raonic's forehand clipped the tape and went wide. 

                           Nadal took a set with 7-6(9-7 in tie break). Raonic had 6 set points in a set but he missed it all and gave a set into Nadal's hand.

                            Third Set :

                             No coming back for Raonic in third set.  

                            Nadal broke Canadian's serve in 10th game.

                            Raonic gave Nadal 3 match points , Nadal Played a big Fore-hand cross court , Raonic drop shot was last shot of a game. 

                            Nadal won a game against Milos Raonic in 2 hours and 44 minutes.

                            Nadal will face 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov on Friday after the Bulgarian beat David Goffin.

                           Federer, 35, will play his fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the first semi-final on Thursday. 

                           If Nadal  and Federer will win their game than this will be dream final , people are waiting for. Last time they played against each other in 2011 Grand Slam Final.





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