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Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas - 01/24/19 ATP Tour - Australian Open Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Greek superstar, Stefanos Tsitsipas has continued to impress by reaching the semifinals of the 2019 ATP Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Spanish superstar, Rafael Nadal.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has had an outstanding tournament as he eliminated Roger Federer. In the previous round Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Roberto Bautista Agut in 4 sets. During the win, Stefanos Tsitsipas served well as he hit 22 aces while winning 82% of his points on first serve. Stefanos Tsitsipas won 86% of his service games which ensured he consistently had an advantage over his opponent. Stefanos Tsitsipas is considered to be one of the most gifted player and he seems to be showing his talent at this tournament. That being said, this is going to be another tough match for Stefanos Tsitsipas but considering he has already beaten Federer, the Greek superstar will be confident about beating Rafa.
On the other side of the court, Rafael Nadal has eased into the semifinals. Nadal is yet to lose a set at the 2019 Australian Open and he continued his supreme form in the previous round as he beat Frances Tiafoe. During the win, Nadal won 4 return games and 100% of his service games to defeat Tiafoe comfortably. Nadal is hugely experienced and looks in incredible form as he heads into this clash.
Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas have played twice in the past. As it currently stands, Nadal has a 2-0 record against Tsitsipas. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Canadian Masters where Rafael Nadal won in straight sets. Stefanos Tsitsipas is yet to win a set against Rafael Nadal.
All in all, I am going to pick Nadal to win this match. Stefanos Tsitsipas has been very impressive but he lacks the experience needed to win a Grand Slam semifinal. Nadal is playing exceptional tennis and I see him beating Stefanos Tsitsipas with some ease.

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