Rafael Nadal’s attempt to win the 21st Grand Slam title was halted at the 2021 Australian Open quarter-finals, Wednesday (17/2/2021). He ran aground from fifth seed from Greece, Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 4-6, 5-7.
The ATP world number two made an impressive start to the evening match at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena. Nadal managed to secure the first two sets which made it feel like going to the semifinals was wide open.
However, Tsitsipas locked in Nadal’s next game and finally secured the last three sets. The battle was fierce and took four hours and five minutes.
“Good job for him, he played better than me in important moments. I’ve tried my best in every moment,” said Nadal about his match, as quoted by Reuters.
“This is a good job for him (Tsitsipas). He played better than me, especially in important moments. This is an equal match, “he continued.
“I try to stay positive during the game and fight. However, it’s not enough even though sometimes it’s enough. Unfortunately today is not enough, “he added.
“This is just another story in my tennis career. I’m just trying to accept this defeat and move on. That is life, “he concluded.