This year it has not been possible either. The pursuit of a second Australian Open after lifting it in 2009 is holding up for Rafael. On this occasion, his executioner was the Greek Tsitsipas , who was able to overcome an adverse score in the first two sets.
At the beginning of the match, Stefanos was not very successful and Rafael maintained a clearly superior level. His game was aggressive, he constantly led the initiative, dominated in all aspects and managed to minimize the blows of his rival. The feeling I had while watching the game from home is that his opponent could not find a way to hurt him, and this was manifested by the despair and frustration on his face. But from the third set on, the intensity that Rafael had shown so far subsided and allowed his rival to recover and equalize both the game and the score.
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Both tennis players were scoring with some ease the games in which they had service. And so a tie break was reached in which Rafael accused the mistakes that he had not made in the first two sets of the match, and that in the end had a triggering effect. He gave Tsitsipas wings to continue fighting hard, to prevail in the next three sets and thus earn his place in the semifinal.
It is well known that in tennis, when one player goes up, the other goes down and it is difficult to determine which one one of the two circumstances determines the other.
Now we have two semi-finals ahead that, a priori, are drawn somewhat uneven. In one, Novak Djokovic starts as the clear favorite and should have no problem getting rid of Aslan Karatsev, who has surprisingly come from qualifying to a Grand Slam semi-final . Both by ranking and by experience, we are facing two totally divergent players.
As for the other, the result is more difficult to see. I think we will see a game of great intensity and very even. Both Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev have proven endorsements to promote it and to keep us in suspense until the last moment.
The women's team also presents us this morning two crosses of somewhat different attractiveness. On the one hand, Jennifer Brady and Karolina Muchova, with the singularity that neither of them had ever reached a final of a great. And in the other, the portentous and aggressive Naomi Osaka against Serena Williams, who 22 years after winning her first big is looking for 24th to equal the mythical Margaret Court.
I can't stop appreciating the good tennis days ahead of us , but, as is to be expected, I am sorry that Rafael had to say goodbye. I kept hoping to see him regain his form as the days went by. There is no other than to do the usual. Look ahead and start thinking about Paris now to pursue an exhilarating 21st Grand Slam trophy.