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Australian Open 2020: Majestic Thiem beats top-seed Nadal to reach semi-finals

By Peter Thompson
Australian Open 2020: Majestic Thiem beats top-seed Rafael Nadal to reach semi-finals

Melbourne, Jan 29: Dominic Thiem produced a magnificent display to avoid more major misery at the hands of Rafael Nadal and reach his first Australian Open semi-final at the expense of the world number one.

Nadal had won all five grand slam encounters with Thiem - including two French Open finals - but the Austrian dumped the top seed out with a stunning 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (8-6) victory in four hours and 10 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Thiem had never reached the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park before this week, but will face Alexander Zverev in the last four after coming through a huge, tense battle on a warm Wednesday evening.

Top seed Nadal had disagreements with chair umpire Aurelie Tourte as his hopes of winning a 20th grand slam title were ended in a pulsating contest.

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Story first published: Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 18:30 [IST]
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