After an uncharacteristic one-handed backhanded, and then a superb volley, Nadal saved the set. The Spanish won in four sets 6/3; 5/7; 6/1; 6/1 and claims his 12th Roland Garros ! Dominic Thiem stunned Rafael Nadal in four sets on Wednesday to reach the 2020 Australian Open semi-finals. Thiem, 26, topped the No.

Although Thiem, playing his second ever Grand Slam final, became the first person to win a set against the Spaniard in a French Open final since 2014, it was not enough to topple the king from its throne. Another game where Nadal held to love.Thiem takes his fifth after duping Nadal with one of his trademark dropshots! Nadal edging ever close to the 12'th title. The bite before the game did not necessarily help the fourth seeded Austrian in bright blue. (30) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: 7-5, 6-3Thiem has made it to the semi-finals of Roland Garros on four occasions but never advanced as far in any of the three other majors in 18 previous attempts.The Austrian ended that run with a memorable win over Nadal—who has twice beaten him in the French Open final—where he fired back to win the first two sets despite suffering the first break in each.He suffered a slight setback but withstood the pressure to triumph in a third tiebreak in as many attempts against Nadal, who looked second best in his first defeat to Thiem at a major.Zverev's prospects looked low coming into the Australian Open this year following a bumpy patch of form, including three straight defeats at the ATP Cup.The German suggested after Wednesday's match that it was the lowered expectations that had spurred him to greater success after a period of "playing horrible" tennis, per Halep will play in the Australian Open semis for a second time in her career, hoping she can better her runner-up finish to Caroline Wozniacki in the 2018 renewal.The Romanian rampaged past Kontaveit in 53 minutes and saved the sole break point she faced in what was an efficient day's work.The two-time major winner hasn't reached the last four of a Grand Slam since her semi-final exit at the 2018 French Open, when it was Halep who beat her in straight sets en route to the Roland Garros title.Halep will look to stop Muguruza from making a first major final appearance since she won Wimbledon in 2017, with the winner of their semi set to face either Ashleigh Barty or Sofia Kenin in Saturday's decider.Simona Halep was the first to book her spot in the semi-finals after she blitzed 28th seed Her next opponent will be Garbine Muguruza, who is the only unseeded semi-finalist in either draw after defeating

(15) Stanislas Wawrinka: 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2(5) Dominic Thiem bt. Shouts of 'Rafa' filling the arena.

Nadal vs Thiem Highlights (HD) Watch the highlights of the great final between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. It is unbelievable from where the Indian Wells Masters winner is getting all his energy from. He crunches to a hold, quashing the Thiem resistance.That's it! (1) Rafael Nadal: 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (6)(4) Simona Halep bt. But Nadal will surely come back harder.Another dramatic game where Thiem battles at 30-all which goes into deuce courtesy of an unforced error. Thiem keeps pressing to secure a chance but Nadal holds. 1 seed 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (6) to book his first Grand Slam semi-final outside the French Open, sealing Nadal's second Australian Open quarter-final exit in his past three appearances.Alexander Zverev will make his Grand Slam semi-final debut against the Austrian after he came from a set behind to beat Stanislas Wawrinka (7) Alexander Zverev bt. The tournament consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Thiem tries to respond in the fourth set, comes back from 0-30 to lead 40-30. No escaping another service game.

But soon, experience and resilience took Nadal through to the finish-line as he drubbed the heir apparent on clay, Thiem in two straight final sets 6-1 6-1. This will be over too soon. The Spaniard in total control after breaking for a second time. Thiem looked lacklustre and he offered Nadal with three breakpoints. Thiem, 26, topped the No. He holds to love, but this set is done and dusted. 24 mins is all it took.

After losing the first-ever set in a French Open final since 2014, Nadal fights back by breaking in the first game of the third set! Nadal is on his A-game now, and Thiem looks shaken, with most of his shots hitting the net or landing outside of the court. Can Thiem find a way back?Another classic backhand and Nadal soars ahead. For Thiem's confidence's sake, he didn't take the game by holding for love atleast. Nadal secures two break points and then a wide forehand by Thiem seals it. Someone had to give, and Thiem broke Nadal's serve. In case you missed this moment-Thiem holds!

Junior and wheelchair players … Utter perseverance, as Nadal made his 22nd unforced error in the match. Nadal wins French Open after beating Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1Copyright © 2020 The Indian Express [P] Ltd. All Rights Reserved French Open Final 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to secure 12th French Open crown Nadal is unfaltering! That didn't stop Thiem from venting his frustration after a failed backhand which took his tally of forced errors to 9 in the match.Thiem takes his fourth game! Precision at its best and Thiem didn't move!Thiem has finally managed to get a point on the scorecard. Goes into duce but Nadal responds with a thunderous forehand for deuce. French Open 2019, Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem Highlights: In a repeat of last year, Rafael Nadal conquered the Austrian fourth seed in four sets, one more than last year. Nadal will now serve to save the set again. The 2020 Australian Open was a Grand Slam tennis tournament that took place at Melbourne Park, from 20 January to 2 February 2020.It was the 108th edition of the Australian Open, the 52nd in the Open Era, and the first Grand Slam of the year. (28) Anett Kontaveit: 6-1, 6-1Garbine Muguruza bt. The 33-year-old Nadal now has 18 Grand Slams, with 12 French Opens, 2 Wimbledons, 3 US Opens and 1 Australian Open.Nadal has a break point and he doesn't miss. No mercy. Shop the AO 2020 Collection. After making the most of the break, Nadal battled the sun over his head to win his fourth serve!

He is 2 games away. Thiem takes the second set! Now he is a set away from a record 12th title. Just a matter of time.Thiem gives Nadal a thumbs up after a ridiculous volley from the Spaniard.A sliced backhand in reply to a cheeky dropshot. Nadal won the game with four successive points. After starting the game on equal note, the two of them battled through brutal rallies of forehands and backhands in the first two sets, winning one each. Remember- Thiem is now the ONLY man currently under 30 years old to have won a set in a Grand Slam singles final. Can he break Nadal's serve to take the second set? Game on!Thiem is going toe-to-toe with Nadal on the Parisian clay, even slaying the Spaniard with an exquisite ace for his third point! Designed with the Australian Open fan in mind, this playful range is aimed at everyone no matter what their gender or age group.

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