Champions love to beat champions. And Rafael Nadal, who has seen it all at 34, could not disguise his joy after beating the ebullient young incumbent, Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, on Thursday night to move to within two wins of lifting only the second indoor hardcourt title of his career.
Go all the way back to June 8, 2006, when Rafael Nadal moved on at the French Open after his 19-year-old, 63rd-ranked opponent in the quarterfinals quit because of a bad back while trailing two sets to none.
Rafa Nadal’s decision to skip the US Open because of health concerns has added another twist to the intriguing three-way battle for the most career men’s Grand Slam titles and, in many eyes, the title of ‘Greatest of All Time’ (GOAT).
World number one Rafael Nadal weathered a fierce storm from gutsy showman Nick Kyrgios on Monday to set up an Australian Open quarterfinal against Dominic Thiem and keep alive his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title.