Australian Open Men’s Semifinals Day 1: Tsitsipas vs. Nadal

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:07 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 7:07 PM UTC

Join us for our daily coverage of the Australian Open with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal fighting for a place in the final of the first Grand Slam of the year at Melbourne Park.

<h2><a href="" target="_blank" title="Check Tsitsipas - Nadal Betting Odds">Stefanos Tsitsipas (14) vs. Rafael Nadal (2)</a></h2><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Looking now at the odds for this contest, Nadal is the heavy favorite to reach the final <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join 5Dimes &amp; Start Playing Today!">at -556 with 5Dimes</a>. 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 <a href=";book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Play at this A+ Rated Sportsbook!">at -115 with Pinnacle</a> is an interesting approach for this match.</p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3710106, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,92,1096,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p>
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