Australian Open 2021: “Every match against him is an experience of a lifetime” – Stefanos Tsitsipas praises Rafael Nadal ahead of quarter final clash

Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas will go head-to-head in tomorrow's Australian Open quarter final.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal
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Stefanos Tsitsipas

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas is all set take on Rafael Nadal in the quarter final of the Australian Open 2021 tomorrow. Both the players have been in terrific form so far in the tournament and have thoroughly deserved their run to the stage of the tournament. Tsitsipas got a walkover in the fourth round after his opponent Matteo Berrettini withdrew due to an injury while Nadal defeated Fabio Fognini in straight sets.

With regard to the head-to-head record of Tsitsipas and Nadal, the Spaniard has a huge advantage. The duo has faced off 7 times and Nadal has come up trumps a whopping amount of 6 times. The only time Tsitsipas managed to beat Rafa was in the semi-final of the 2019 Madrid Masters. Nadal will hence, be the overwhelming favorite to progress to the semi-final but his Greek opponent will be up for it.

‘I have great respect for Nadal’ – Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Rafael Nadal

Ahead of his clash against Rafael Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas addressed the press and talked about his opponent saying, “I have great respect for Nadal, I grew up watching him play. Every match against him is an experience of a lifetime. It will a chance for me to show where I am as a player, a big challenge. It will be an amazing match.”

Tsitsipas would not want a repeat of what transpired when the duo faced off in the Australian Open previously. Nadal demolished the Greek in straight sets and only had six games taken from him, the entire match. The winner of tomorrow’s match will face Daniil Medvedev or Andrey Rublev in the semi-final depending on which Russian wins the match between the duo.

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