Stefanos Tsitsipas will once again attempt to pick up his first win over Rafael Nadal when they play on Saturday evening for a spot in the Madrid Open final. The Greek has made a sharp improvement the last 12 months but has struggled badly in each of their three meetings so far, failing to win a set.
Tsitsipas has continue his good form in the Spanish capital, making it this far following his Estoril title to begin the month. He ensured that Alexander Zverev would not defend his title, defeating the German in three sets on Friday evening. Zverev was full of praise for his opponent after the match though. “He’s playing very good. He’s obviously improved a lot. His serve is very, very good, I was surprised today. And the second shot, he hits it unbelievably aggressive so it was not easy.” he said.
Nadal might finally be in tournament winning form after crushing Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter finals. Trophyless in 2019, the second seed has been vulnerable to zoning players this year. There was no sign of that last night with him needing just over an hour to win 6-1 6-2, making his 70th Masters semi final in the process. “It was a very positive match. I’m very happy with the way that I played and in general terms, it was a great performance,” Nadal said afterwards
Tsitsipas has been a fan favourite this week with the crowd support playing some part in helping him to this stage. “He comes to that semi-final with plenty of confidence. It’s going to be a tough one, I hope to be ready for it, I’ll need to play my best. Today was a good example. I need to continue tomorrow, that’s the goal.” said Nadal. With Novak Djokovic or Dominic Thiem awaiting the winner in the final, this weekend promises a lot.
Prediction – Rafael Nadal in straight sets