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Australian Open 2022 men’s semi-final: Matteo Berrettini v Rafael Nadal – live! | Sport

12.28am EST

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Third set: *Berrettini 3-6, 2-6, 1-1 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Nadal blots his copybook with a uncommon double fault – his first of the day – at 40-0 up however in any other case it’s plain crusing.

In the meantime, right here’s a suggestion he’d be mad to not settle for.

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Followers within the stands inside Rod Laver Enviornment. {Photograph}: Brandon Malone/AFP/Getty Photos

12.23am EST

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Third set: Berrettini 3-6, 2-6, 1-0 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Berrettini has been damaged in his first service recreation within the earlier two units; what can he do right here within the third? He has no reply to Nadal’s forehand on the opening level, however a few massive serves inject some vitality into his outlook. Nadal forces a deuce, however that’s all for the Spaniard as Berrettini does certainly handle to carry!

12.12am EST

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Second set: *Berrettini 3-6, 2-6 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Berrettini, at 30-30, maybe senses an opportunity. However he places a ball lengthy and his face can’t cover his disappointment. One other lengthy ball later and Nadal is in a really sturdy place, two units up and with a spring in his step.

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12.07am EST

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Second set: Berrettini 3-6, 2-5 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Berrettini holds with the minimal of fuss! He seals it with an ace and lives to struggle one other day this set. However Nadal will now serve for a two-set lead.

12.03am EST

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Second set: *Berrettini 3-6, 1-5 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Oof, what a backhand from Nadal to kick off this subsequent recreation. The commentators on the telly are on the lookout for excuses for Berrettini – they’re arising with fatigue, each bodily and psychological, given the additional courtroom time the Italian has had, together with that epic five-setter within the quarter-finals towards Gael Monfils.

11.57pm EST

23:57

Second set: Berrettini 3-6, 1-4 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) That is good from Berrettini, ending off on the internet to go 40-15 forward. An encouraging signal for the Italian, who could possibly be forgiven for feeling disconsolate in the intervening time. He holds although, and he’s on the board.

11.54pm EST

23:54

Second set: *Berrettini 3-6, 0-4 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Shankar Mony emails in to say, “It’s getting late early for Berretini!” However what do we’ve right here? Berrettini goes 30-0 up… Nadal on second serve… however the Italian lands a backhand into the web and you’re feeling the prospect to use some strain to Nadal has handed him by. So it proves, as Nadal produces some good shotmaking, ending with a sliced backhand on recreation level, to flee unscathed and transfer additional in direction of a two-set lead.

11.47pm EST

23:47

Second set: Berrettini 3-6, 0-3 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Nadal is in complete management at this level. Berrettini is way too passive and he’s paying the value. He faces two break factors, which he depends on his massive first serve to save lots of, and he quickly has to save lots of a 3rd. However when Nadal will get a fourth likelihood, this time he takes it, and this second set is mirroring the primary thus far. Nadal with an ominous three-game lead.

11.40pm EST

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Second set: *Berrettini 3-6, 0-2 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Nadal is operating round quite a few forehands and in the intervening time Berrettini has few solutions. Two up early within the second. Nadal’s vitality ranges are excessive, as ordinary – he jinks off to take his return place on the finish of this recreation, contrasting with Berrettini, who seems a bit deflated.

11.35pm EST

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Second set: Berrettini 3-6, 0-1 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Berrettini finds himself in hassle once more within the opening recreation of the second set. His serve threatens to get him out of a possible pickle at 0-30 down however an unforced error follows to present Nadal a few break probabilities. And the Spaniard rips a forehand winner to get one other early benefit.

11.30pm EST

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First set: *Berrettini 3-6 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) No worries for Nadal as he sends down three impeccable first serves to deliver up three set factors. It appears like the primary set is within the bag, however an off-target forehand adopted by a backhand into the web after which one other Berrettini highly effective forehand winner down the road forces deuce. The glimmer of hope afforded to the Italian is quickly extinguished although, and on the fourth time of asking, Nadal secures the opening set, in 43 minutes.

11.24pm EST

23:24

First set: Berrettini 3-5 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Nadal forces a deuce however a few unfastened pictures guarantee Berrettini survives for an additional recreation no less than this set.

Matteo Berrettini plays a backhand.

Matteo Berrettini performs a backhand. {Photograph}: Daniel Pockett/Getty Photos

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11.19pm EST

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First set: *Berrettini 2-5 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Nadal elicits a giant cheer from the stands as he advances to the web to complete off with a volley and transfer 30-0 forward. The noise is comparable a degree later when it’s Berrettini’s flip to have his opponent operating everywhere in the baseline earlier than the Italian will get to the web and volleys confidently. However Nadal is all class and a trademark forehand whip sees him safely via one other service recreation. Berrettini has to carry now to remain within the first set.

11.14pm EST

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First set: Berrettini 2-4 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Good from Berrettini! He runs right into a sliced backhand that Nadal has no reply to, earlier than he holds his service recreation off the again of a giant serve adopted up with a monster forehand. A lot better from the Italian as he grows into this match.

11.10pm EST

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First set: *Berrettini 1-4 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Once more Berrettini reveals a glimpse of brilliance – an excellent whipped forehand again throughout Nadal will get him to 15-40. However a forehand on the run from Nadal on the following level sees the No 6 seed pocket one other recreation with out an excessive amount of additional fuss.

11.07pm EST

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First set: Berrettini 1-3 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Berrettini’s first serve sporadically sparkles into life in a recreation he actually wants to carry – not only for the scoreboard however when it comes to confidence going ahead this set and past. A few aces assist the Italian and he does certainly get on the board.

11.01pm EST

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First set: *Berrettini 0-3 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Right here we go then. Nadal is off and operating. Berrettini reveals what he’s able to at one level although, a blistering forehand down the road at 15-40 leaving Nadal flailing. However, Spaniard consolidates that early break and he opens up a three-game lead.

10.57pm EST

22:57

The climate in Melbourne couldn’t be extra horrendous proper now. The rain is heavy, the sky is darkish and there was even thunder earlier. Though Nadal struggled badly within the warmth towards Denis Shapovalov, these indoor situations actually profit Berrettini. His serve must be bolstered with out having to struggle the weather whereas Nadal’s heavy topspin won’t bounce as excessive as in sunny situations. We’ll see how this goes.

10.57pm EST

22:57

First set: Berrettini 0-2 Nadal* (* denotes subsequent server) Nadal attracts first blood! That’s not the beginning a booming server like Berrettini could be hoping for as Nadal places the strain on, brings up two break level alternatives and takes the break on the first likelihood, as Berrettini fires a ball huge.

I’ve acquired extra on the climate for you, from my second colleague on the bottom at Melbourne Park, Tumaini Carayol.

10.52pm EST

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First set: *Berrettini 0-1 Nadal (* denotes subsequent server) Nadal unleashes his trusty left forehand on the opening level, however for as soon as it’s a bit wayward. Good to get these ones out of the system early on. Berrettini does properly to power deuce having been 15-40 down, as he capitalises on a Nadal internet wire. Irrespective of, Nadal holds his opening service recreation.

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10.51pm EST

22:51

The deluge at Melbourne Park within the final half-hour or so is one thing to behold. It’s troublesome to inform inside Rod Laver Enviornment, the place the roof has been rolled out, however it has been completely pelting down. This morning was scorching and humid, because it has been in Melbourne for many of this event. One big crack of thunder later and that each one modified. Nadal and Berrettini would have had sufficient time to bear in mind pre-match they must play below covers however the remainder of us are a bit soggy. Journalists and broadcasters are umbrella-pooling, if that may be a factor, to get between the media centre and centre courtroom.

10.45pm EST

22:45

My colleague Emma Kemp has simply been caught out within the rain. We’ll hear from her shortly. In the meantime, we’re just about able to go! Nadal received the toss and selected to serve first. Right here we go!

10.43pm EST

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A fast phrase on the climate, as all the time: it’s cooled proper right down to round 22C outdoors. Apparently it’s raining outdoors and the roof above Rod Laver Enviornment has been closed.

10.42pm EST

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That end result I discussed earlier – issues didn’t go to plan for the Australian blended double duo of Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler within the last towards Kristina Mladenovic of France and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig. The house facet fell to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat to the Europeans, who had been taking part in for the primary time collectively at Melbourne Park.

Ivan Dodig and Kristina Mladenovic with the trophy.

Ivan Dodig and Kristina Mladenovic with the trophy. {Photograph}: Dean Lewins/EPA

10.35pm EST

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Lastly we’ve footage of Nadal within the bowels of Rod Laver Enviornment! There he’s, bouncing round, filled with vitality, and raring to go. He’s 35 years outdated, this man.

10.32pm EST

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The tennis is massive, however it’s not the one sport on in the intervening time. The Girls’s Ashes Take a look at match is properly into day two at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, the place I imagine younger Australian fast Darcie Brown has simply taken an absolute screamer. Be a part of Tanya Aldred for extra over on our devoted liveblog:

10.27pm EST

22:27

And if you need learn on the Kyrgios-Kokkinakis juggernaut, look no additional than my colleague Emma Kemp’s tackle the Australian pairing who’re taking the doubles recreation to new, louder and brasher heights.

10.24pm EST

22:24

Whereas we wait the gamers on Rod Laver Enviornment, the host broadcaster is displaying a re-run of final evening’s girls’s semi that includes Ash Barty and Madison Keys. In case you’ve been in a cave for the previous 12 hours or so, have a learn of Tumaini Carayol’s tackle the native expertise who will look to change into the primary Australian to win their residence Open in 44 years, since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

10.20pm EST

22:20

A fast have a look at the head-to-head stats for this pair: Nadal is 100% towards Berrettini and has by no means misplaced to him. Spectacular. Granted, they’ve performed simply as soon as earlier than, however the stats by no means lie. That match got here within the semi-finals of the 2019 US Open, when Nadal received in straight units on his method to lifting the title at Flushing Meadows.

10.10pm EST

22:10

Preamble

Day 12 of the Australian Open and that may solely imply one factor: it’s men’s semi-finals. Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas goes toe-to-toe with Daniil Medvedev, Russia’s second seed, afterward however first up there’s the small matter of Matteo Berrettini, the Italian seventh seed, towards Rafa Nadal, the person standing on the cusp of etching his identify additional into the annals of tennis historical past.

Nadal is now simply two wins away from a twenty first grand slam title, one which is able to put him out on his personal above the absent Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Will probably be fairly some feat ought to he handle it, however first issues first, he faces the robust prospect of discovering a well beyond Berrettini if he’s to return to Rod Laver Enviornment for Sunday’s showpiece and retain the prospect of creating historical past.

The pair are due on courtroom “not earlier than 2:30pm” native time so, with the day’s solely previous match already performed and dusted, that’s in about 20 minutes. Don’t go anyplace, leisure is assured.

Within the meantime, be at liberty to get in contact on electronic mail or tweet @mike_hytner.

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