The 2009 Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal continued his quest for a second Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Frances Tiafoe in one hour and 47 minutes. Nadal has not dropped a set all tournament and won 51 consecutive games on serve since he was broken in the third set of his first-round encounter against James Duckworth. The 32-year-old won 84.21% of his first serve points and hit 29 winners to book a spot in the last four at Melbourne Park for the sixth time in his career.
Nadal will next face Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in Sunday’s final. The 20-year-old proved his victory against Roger Federer was not a fluke, beating Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) at Rod Laver Arena. Known as one of the most promising players on the ATP World Tour, Tsitsipas is the youngest player to make this stage of a Grand Slam since Novak Djokovic in 2007. Adding to this, the No.14 seed became the first player from Greece to reach the last four at a major tournament.
This will be the third meeting between these two players. Nadal leads 2-0 on their head-to-head, defeating the Greek last year in Barcelona and in Toronto.
Looking now at the odds for this contest, Nadal is the heavy favorite to reach the final at -556 with 5Dimes. Stefanos is playing the best tennis of his career but is never easy for one-handed backhand players to face the Spaniard. Adding to this, Tsitsipas only won 44.44% of the matches played throughout his career against left-handed players. With this in mind, betting on Nadal to cover the -6 spread at -115 with Pinnacle is an interesting approach for this match.