Rafael Nadal breezes into Australian Open final


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Second seed Rafael Nadal has stopped Stefanos Tsitsipas’ sensational run to reach his fifth Australian Open final.

The Spaniard is now 1.80 to win the tournament after he cruised past his Greek rival in just one hour and 46 minutes on Thursday.

The 32-year-old won 6-2 6-4 6-0 and fired home 28 winners in the process. He broke Tsitsipas’ serve six times and only faced one break point himself in what was a masterclass in Melbourne.

Nadal can now prepare for the final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic or Frenchman Lucas Pouille. He is just one win away from winning all four Grand Slams at least twice, with his only win in Australia coming in 2009.

When asked about his chances, Nadal told reporters: “It was a great match, it has been a great tournament and I have played very well every day.

“Hopefully I can play better than that. To start the season like this when a few weeks ago I was in Brisbane having to take a tough decision not to play there, it is difficult to imagine where I am today.

“That week of practice made me feel good.” Nadal has looked in superb form in his six matches on his way to the final and has not dropped a set although that is likely to change in the final on Sunday.

Djokovic is 2.00 to win the tournament while Pouille is a huge 34.00 outsider with Dafabet.

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