Rafael Nadal beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas to end bid for record 21st Grand Slam title at Australian Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas embraces Rafael Nadal at the net after his stunning win

Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title ended at the Australian Open on Wednesday with a quarter-final defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Nadal was overhauled 3-6 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-5 by the Greek in the evening clash at Rod Laver Arena.

The Spaniard, who was looking to break a tie with Roger Federer for the most men’s singles grand slam titles, surrendered a two-set advantage over his 22-year-old opponent.

It is just the third time Nadal has ever lost from a 2-0 advantage in a grand slam. Tsitsipas returns to the final four at Melbourne Park for the second time after falling short against Nadal in 2019, who would eventually succumb to Novak Djokovic in the final.

The Greek will now face Daniil Medvedev in Friday’s semi-final, following the Russian’s win over Andrey Rublev.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates winning a point against Rafael Nadal

While Djokovic will take on Aslan Karatsev, who is making his grand slam debut, aiming for his ninth title in Melbourne and his 18th slam overall – which would take him to within two of Nadal and Federer.

READ MORE: Daniil Medvedev dominates compatriot Andrey Rublev to advance to Australian Open semi-finals

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Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand against Stefanos Tsitsipas

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