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Australian Open 2020: Rafael Nadal knocked out of Australian Open by Dominic Thiem

Australian Open 2020: Dominic Thiem stunned Rafael Nadal to reach Australian Open semi-finals.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 30, 2020 12:36:56 am
Rafa Nadal takes on Dominic Thiem for a spot in the semifinal (Source: AP)

Australian Open 2020, Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem: Dominic Thiem ended six-1year of Grand Slam frustration against Rafa Nadal on Wednesday with a seismic 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) upset that booked his maiden Australian Open semi-final and rocked the old guard of men’s tennis.

After a win that quashed doubts about the Austrian’s prowess on hardcourts, the 26-year-old will face Alex Zverev for a place in the final, a match-up scarcely imaginable at the start of the tournament. (Reuters)

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    18:47 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Rafael Nadal knocked out of Australian Open by Dominic Thiem

    Fourth set: Nadal 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-6 Thiem A fantastic crosscourt backhand pass from Thiem flicks the net cord again. It’s another match point – and this time he’s got it. Nadal is beaten and is knocked out of the Australian Open.

    18:11 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Rafael Nadal is not done yet

    Nadal prolonged his quarterfinal match against Dominic Thiem at Melbourne Park to a fourth set by taking the third by a 6-4 score. Thiem had earned each of the first two sets in tiebreakers.

    18:10 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Rafa Nadal on the backseat

    Rafael Nadal needs a big comeback at Melbourne Park after dropping the first two sets of his quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem. The two sets were quite similar: Nadal went ahead in each with a service break before getting broken back and seeing Thiem take a tiebreaker. The score so far is 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4). They already have played more than two hours.

    16:27 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    2nd SET: Nadal 5-6 Thiem

    Thiem is not letting this game go. Giving Nadal a run for his money. He lands a couple of first serves and he’s guaranteed at least another tiebreak.

    16:17 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    2nd SET: Encouragement for Rafa
    16:11 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    2nd SET: Nadal 4-5 Thiem

    Nadal’s with a couple of errors that allows Thiem to take charge and soar to a 40-0 lead. Nadal then tries to come back with a backhand but fails to do so and has contend with dropping the game. A service game is next for Nadal.

    16:02 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    2nd SET: Nadal 4-2 Thiem

    The first long exchange in some time arrives at 15-15, and it ends Thiem’s way, the Austrian repelling some massive topspinning forehands from Nadal before edging into court and fizzing that majestic backhand down the line. Another scintillating rally follows until Nadal finds the winner.

    15:52 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    2nd SET: Nadal 2-2 Thiem

    Nadal's shot runs into the net as he loses game to Thiem's speed again . The Spaniard, however, did not lose a single point to win the next game. It is getting aggressive out there.

    15:46 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    2nd SET: Nadal 1-1 Thiem

    After Thiem dropped only one point on his opening serve of this set, Nadal responds by not dropping a single point on that service game.

    15:37 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    1st SET Tie-break: Thiem takes opening set

    Dominic Thiem takes the gruelling first set against Rafael Nadal 7-6(3) in 67 minutes. The Austrian now leads 1-0 after saving one set point. Looks like we are in for another long quarterfinal

    15:25 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    1st SET: Nadal 6-6 Thiem

    Just when Nadal looked set to rush towards claiming the first set, Thiem responded with four first serves, including two aces, all wide to Rafa’s forehand

    15:11 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    1st SET: Nadal 5-5 Thiem

    Great comeback by Thiem in the first set. What a match underway. Nadal is sweating and complaining about shot clock. Thiem spots a forehand into the corner to steal a 40-15 lead and the set is level at 5-5.

    14:57 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    1st SET: Nadal 5-3 Thiem

    Thiem is facing the heat now. Nadal seals the break with the most sensational, perfectly-flighted lob.  Brilliant play from the Spaniard

    14:46 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    1st SET: Nadal 3-3 Thiem

    Nadal holds butThiem uses speed to his best advantage. He has not dropped just one point on his serve in three games. Opening set level at 3-3.

    14:35 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    1st SET: Nadal 2-2 Thiem

    Nadal snatched the lead back with a sensational 25-shot rally, which ended with an unforced error from Dominic Thiem, who got back in the next game by holding on to love again

    14:28 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    1st SET: Nadal 1-1 Thiem

    Nadal does well to take the first game of the opening set but two unforced errors by him costs him the second. Match stands level at 1-1.

    14:26 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Nadal takes the court

    Nadal takes the court against Thiem as the two fight for semifinal spot against Zverev. Nadal serves first

    12:11 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Nadal's match

    Nadal's quarterfinal match is scheduled to take place at 2pm IST.  Stay tuned for live updates of the match which will decide Zverev's semifinal opponent

    11:47 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Zverev advances to his first ever Grand Slam semifiinal

    Alexander Zverev becomes the first German to make it to a Grand Slam semifinal since 2009. He comes from a set down to defeat Wawrinka 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2. 

    11:01 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Zverev takes lead

    Zverev finishes what he started in the third set, taking it 6-4 to lead Wawrinka two sets to one. The momentum of the game has shifted. Zverev has made 79% of first serves through three sets.

    10:36 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Zverev levels the game

    Big turnaround: Zverev won 100% of his first serves and went from 10 unforced errors in the opening set to just 2 in the second. He won the second set 6-3.

    10:20 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Wawrinka takes first set

    Alexander Zverev took on Stan Warinka in the Australian Open quarterfinal on Wednesday hoping he would maintain his straight set record. The German, however, went down in the first set 6-1. Seventh seed Zverev, who won the 2018 season-ending ATP Finals, has not been beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam but the 22-year-old began the quarters with confidence, taking the first set in only 24 minutes.

    10:19 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    Muguruza in semifinals

    Garbine Muguruza stormed back into the Grand Slam big time with a 7-5 6-3 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach her first Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday. The twice Grand Slam champion will meet former finalist Simona Halep on Thursday for a place in Saturday's final

    10:18 (IST)29 Jan 2020
    AUS Open quarterfinals

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Australian Open 2020 quarterfinals in Melbourne. We bring you all the latest updates from Day 10  of Australian Open as tennis stars attempt to book semifinal spot.

    Wawrinka, who is seeking a second title in Melbourne and his first Grand Slam since the 2016 U.S. Open, showed all his fighting qualities to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-2 2-6 4-6 7-6(2) 6-2 to reach the last eight. Zverev has not lost to Wawrinka in two previous meetings but is not taking the 2014 Melbourne Park champion lightly. In the second quarterfinal match of the day in the men's singles category, top-ranked Rafael Nadal is bidding for a semifinal spot against fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem, the man he has beaten in the last two French Open finals.