Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Rafael Nadal - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Quarter-Final
Wednesday, February 17 2021
TV: ESPN (US); Amazon Prime (UK) Stream live sports and exclusive originals on ESPN+. Sign up now!
Rafael Nadal (2) meets Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) in the quarter finals of the 2021 Australian Open on Wednesday, February 17th 2021.
Will it be Rafael Nadal to extend his head to head lead against the up and coming Stefanos Tsitsipas, or will Tsitsipas finally make inroads against the Big 3 in a Grand Slam?
Stefanos Tsitsipas did not have to play his fourth round match scheduled for Monday against Matteo Berrettini as the Italian had to withdraw before the match even started due to an abdomen strain. Tsitsipas has played 3 matches here, and has had two incredible performances. His second round match was really a standout as he was pushed to his limit and won in 5-sets. Tsitsipas will have to be on top of his game here from the get go against Rafael Nadal, and if he plays like he did in the second round, I am unsure he is capable of doing so.
Rafael Nadal put on a show in the fourth round against a very tough opponent in Fabio Fognini, beating the Italian in straight sets 6-3/6-4/6-2. Nadal had a great first and third set, but was pushed in the second set, but he was able to maintain his composure and pull of some incredible shots and rallies to win him the set and match eventually. Nadal is continuously improving throughout the tournament, and I definitely think that if he is able to get through to the Final, he will be the favourite to win.
This is going to be the 8th meeting between both players, with Rafael Nadal leading the head to head 6-1. This is definitely going to be a tight match, as most matches are between these two players, but it is going to be one which is going to be won by Rafael Nadal in my opinion. Nadal has not lost a set here against much tougher opponents than Stefanos Tsitsipas, and he is in great physical form. Nadal knows how to play the big matches, and I expect this to be a strong performance by the Spaniard to continue his Australian Open campaign.