2022 Australian Open SF: [6] Rafael Nadal vs [7] Matteo Berrettini

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Russeljones

Talk Tennis Guru
Berrettini will have to analyse his performance in this match. It seemed a microcosm of everything preventing him from staking his claim at the very top. Good entertainment and congratulations to the Bull fans.
 

roysid

Hall of Fame
The stars have alligned for Rafa to reach his sixth AO final.
Now he needs to play one dream final. And gets that second AO
 

NeutralFan

G.O.A.T.
You think so? Rafa stepped it up in that fourth set. We shall see. I think he’s gonna have to play very well if he gets med.

I agree with you except Rafa didnt step up in 4th. Rafa got that break gifted by two silly UFers by Berri. If he change his tactics after 2 sets then he's not winning against either Dani or Stefanos.
 

PilotPete

Hall of Fame
These NextGenners are all just losers. No skill or fight. Just brainless ball bashing. Zero strategy.

35 year old vs. 25 year old? Come on. Pathetic.
 

tudwell

G.O.A.T.
This does raise some questions for Nadal in the final. Feels like he really needs to finish the match off in straights. Medvedev or Tsitispas likely won’t let him off the hook the way Shapo and Berrettini did – provided the winner of the second semi isn’t too wiped, that is. But Nadal’s fitness is still very much declined and I’d trust either of the younger guys to pull out a tough physical battle more than I would Nadal at this point – though the mental side of things still plays a role. Tsitsi in particular might get tight having never won a major before…
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
I agree with you except Rafa didnt step up in 4th. Rafa got that break gifted by two silly UFers by Berri. If he change his tactics after 2 sets then he's not winning against either Dani or Stefanos.

The guy serve well on his end in the fourth set.He served 77 percent on first serve and won over 80 percent of his first serves.
 

guga_fan

Professional
If this is not enough to teach Joker what a pigheaded fool he's been, nothing will. When you think of some of the close, painful losses Rafa has had in AO finals, his winning this year is going to sting.

For the record, I want him to win this year. I remember 2017 and what a painful loss that was. Seems fitting to me that another aging player will surprise the world with an incredible result after a long time out with an injury. :)

This could have been a really stright forward path to the final for him.

He will probably regret that for some time. Sadly, it will not be enough for him to get vaccinated and he will try to count on exemptions.
 

roysid

Hall of Fame
This does raise some questions for Nadal in the final. Feels like he really needs to finish the match off in straights. Medvedev or Tsitispas likely won’t let him off the hook the way Shapo and Berrettini did – provided the winner of the second semi isn’t too wiped, that is. But Nadal’s fitness is still very much declined and I’d trust either of the younger guys to pull out a tough physical battle more than I would Nadal at this point – though the mental side of things still plays a role. Tsitsi in particular might get tight having never won a major before…
Yeah. He need ro play much better against Tipsy or meddy. They wont be giving such easy errors
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
I agree with you except Rafa didnt step up in 4th. Rafa got that break gifted by two silly UFers by Berri. If he change his tactics after 2 sets then he's not winning against either Dani or Stefanos.

I think the final will be 50-50 whoever brings his best game will win.
 
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