Stefanos Tsitsipas (right) and Rafael Nadal greet each other after their men's singles quarter-final match of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Wednesday. AFP
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Rafael Nadal's bid of winning a record 21st Grand Slam title got a crushing blow when Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas recovered from two sets down to stun Spaniard in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.
It was just the second time Nadal had lost when two sets up in a Grand Slam, having previously fallen to Fabio Fognini in the third round of the 2015 US Open.
Second seed Nadal was on course for a comfortable victory before Tsitsipas turned the match around to prevail 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-5 in a seismic upset.
"I don't know what happened after the third set - I fly like little bird, everything was working for me," Tsitsipas said.
"The emotions at the end were indescribable, they were something else."
Nadal, 34, remains tied with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles, but Novak Djokovic can pull within two if he wins his 18th major trophy at Melbourne Park.
Fifth seed Tsitsipas will now attempt to reach a maiden Grand Slam final when he plays the in-form Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final.
He beat Nadal for just the second time from eight matches. Djokovic will play the other semi-final against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ended Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam record bid in five gripping sets on Wednesday as home hopes were dashed when top-ranked Ashleigh Barty was knocked out in the Australian Open quarter-finals. Greece’s Tsitsipas looked down and out
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The tournament will be held over the weekend of Feb.18-19, 2023 at Zayed City Sports Stadium, an iconic landmark in Abu Dhabi and the largest multi-purpose sports venue in the UAE.