MELBOURNE, Australia — There was nothing Stefanos Tsitsipas could do.
He tried pressing forward, only to see Rafael Nadal’s whizzing replies fly beyond his reach.
He tried staying patient, only to find himself being run across the baseline like a jack rabbit with a one-handed backhand.
He tried simply to hang on, hoping against hope that his legendary opponent would grant an opening, a reprieve, a string of games, maybe a set. Nadal did no such thing.
On Thursday night, Nadal once again provided every hard-hitting answer in a match at this tournament against an upstart opponent. This time he pummeled Tsitsipas, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0, moving with brutal efficiency into his fifth Australian Open final.
“I am playing well today,” he said when it was over, assessing the match with a bland understatement.
His inexperienced opponent offered a fuller, more exacting description. “It felt,” Tsitsipas said, “like a different dimension of tennis.”
[The women’s final is set: Petra Kvitova will face Naomi Osaka.]
On Sunday — having not lost a single set all tournament and looking in as fine a form on hardcourts as he has in his career — Nadal will play for a second title at Melbourne Park, 10 years after his first.
He will face the winner of Friday’s semifinal between top-seeded Novak Djokovic, Nadal’s longtime rival, and Lucas Pouille, a 24-year-old Frenchman who has made his own surprisingly deep run in Melbourne. Before this tournament, Pouille had never won a match here in five tries.
Nadal versus Tsitsipas was yet another match at this tournament touted as a battle of generations — all-time great versus budding YouTube sensation.
Nadal, 32, has won 17 major championships and was playing his 30th Grand Slam semifinal.
Tsitsipas, 20, has just a single tour title. Though he enthralled crowds and flashed his talent throughout the tournament — including an upset of the two-time defending champion Roger Federer — he is still relatively new to pro tennis. He had never previously advanced past the fourth round of a major.
Despite the chasm in experience, it seemed Tsitsipas was playing well enough to have a chance.
Instead, it was never close. Nadal came out sharply, targeting lethal, down-the-line groundstrokes to seize momentum with a break in the third game. From that moment, his power suffocated the young Greek.
As much as Tsitsipas tried to inflict damage with flat returns, Nadal rarely seemed rushed. He was never broken. The first set was over in 31 pragmatic minutes. The second took 44. The third, another 31. By the standards of professional men’s tennis, those sets were sprints.
Not long after the match was done, Tsitsipas, who was seeded 14th, looked dazed at his news conference, lacking any of the optimistic energy he’d exuded after previous matches. On Tuesday, he had explained how he’d learned from losing to Nadal last summer in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. He had remembered coming off the court there feeling he would do much better next time against the Spaniard, because now he had a sense of Nadal’s game, “especially on hardcourt.”
Two days later, there was no such gumption.
“He plays just a different game style than the rest of the players,” Tsitsipas said, dolefully.
It looked as if he had just been pummeled in a boxing ring.
“He has this, I don’t know, talent that no other player has,” Tsitsipas added. “His game style has something that it kind of makes the other half of your brain work more than it usually does. I’m trying to understand, but I cannot find an explanation.”
When Nadal took to the dais a few minutes later, there was nothing but clipped certainty. His answers, coming in his familiar accented English, were all business, same as his game has been for the past two weeks. He said all the right things about focus and routine and not getting too far ahead of matters. There is a final soon to play. This is no time for idle chatter or expansive thoughts. He was bland in the way that Tom Brady is bland.
“I have to keep doing the things that I am doing,” he said. “That’s my feeling, just keep playing the way that I am playing and let’s see.”
Bland, but effective. Ruthlessly so.
Nadal enters Sunday’s match having contested some of the most memorable finals in this tournament’s history, though he has won only one of the four. His only title here came in 2009, when he defeated Federer in five scintillating sets. In 2012, he succumbed to Djokovic after a 5-hour-53-minute marathon, the longest major tournament final on the books. In 2017, he and Federer staged the most recent of their epic major tournament duels, with Federer winning in five sets.
Nadal also reached the 2014 final, but he struggled with a debilitating back injury and lost to Stan Wawrinka.
Seeded second this year, Nadal began the tournament shadowed by questions about how long his body could withstand the rigors of a hardcourt Grand Slam event. He had not played a tour match since the United States Open in September, when he retired from his semifinal against Juan Martín del Potro, citing a leg injury. In November, he had ankle surgery. Then, in the run-up to the Australian Open, he withdrew from a tournament he had been scheduled to play in Brisbane, citing a thigh strain.
Asked if he expected to be back in this form, playing this well, gunning in his tour return for another Grand Slam title, his reply came quick. “Is not easy to be back after four months, and play the way I am playing,” he said. “Of course, I didn’t expect that at all.”B:
解70期四字梅花诗【钢】【琴】【室】【中】，【洛】【轩】【正】【和】【陈】【莎】【莎】【有】【说】【有】【笑】【的】【交】【流】【着】。 【这】【时】，【潘】【陈】【满】【脸】【激】【动】【破】【门】【而】【入】。 “【我】【去】，【我】【以】【为】【是】【谁】【呢】，【潘】【陈】【你】【这】【么】【急】【匆】【匆】，【莽】【撞】【干】【嘛】【啊】。”【本】【想】【生】【气】【的】【陈】【莎】【莎】，【但】【看】【到】【是】【潘】【陈】【又】【压】【了】【下】【去】。 “【好】【事】，【好】【事】，【大】【好】【事】，【你】【们】【猜】【猜】。”【潘】【陈】【那】【叫】【一】【个】【高】【兴】【的】【说】【道】。 “【你】【买】【彩】【票】【中】【大】【奖】【了】？”【陈】【莎】【莎】【试】【探】【性】
“【我】【心】【情】【不】【好】【出】【去】【吃】【个】【东】【西】【都】【不】【行】【吗】？【我】【活】【该】【受】【气】【是】【不】【是】？”【姜】【瑜】【反】【驳】【着】，“【我】【真】【是】【没】【见】【过】【你】【们】【这】【样】【的】，【这】【是】【我】【自】【己】【的】【事】【情】【跟】【你】【们】【有】【什】【么】【关】【系】，【竟】【然】【还】【大】【半】【夜】【的】【把】【我】【告】【到】【班】【助】【那】【边】【去】，【害】【的】【我】【要】【被】【扣】【分】。” 【在】【姜】【瑜】【看】【来】，【这】【全】【部】【都】【是】【她】【们】【的】【错】。 【自】【己】【一】【点】【问】【题】【都】【没】【有】。 【秦】【米】【可】：“【姜】【瑜】，【我】【们】【也】【是】【担】【心】【你】【晚】
【家】【有】【千】【金】，【行】【止】【由】【心】，【这】【样】【是】【不】【错】，【但】【家】【有】【千】【金】，【也】【不】【能】【胡】【吃】【海】【喝】。 【就】【目】【前】【人】【类】【的】【疾】【病】，【百】【分】【之】【八】【十】【不】【是】【和】【吃】【有】【关】【就】【是】【和】【喝】【有】【关】，【剩】【余】【还】【有】【一】【部】【分】【和】……【有】【关】，【至】【于】【其】【他】【的】【就】【是】【什】【么】【意】【外】【了】，【遗】【传】【了】。 【唯】【心】【一】【点】【的】【说】，【人】【的】【一】【生】【总】【的】【饭】【量】【是】【有】【定】【数】【的】，【今】【天】【多】【吃】【一】【口】，【明】【天】【多】【吃】【一】【口】，【或】【许】【原】【本】【能】【活】【八】【十】【岁】，【结】解70期四字梅花诗【第】【二】【百】【七】【十】【八】【章】【冥】【界】（【二】【合】【一】，【四】【千】【字】） 【他】【看】【着】【利】【维】【坦】，【有】【些】【感】【叹】【道】：“【你】【选】【择】【了】【拥】【抱】【死】【亡】，【还】【真】【是】【令】【人】【意】【想】【不】【到】【啊】，【难】【道】【你】【就】【真】【的】【那】【么】【伟】【大】【吗】？” “【疫】【医】，【预】【言】【圣】【殿】【曾】【经】【窥】【视】【过】【你】，【勉】【强】【窥】【视】【出】【了】【你】【的】【来】【历】，【地】【狱】【规】【则】【与】【执】【念】【形】【成】【的】【怪】【物】，【历】【代】【疫】【医】【都】【是】【你】【的】【古】【老】【者】。【曾】【经】【对】【抗】【血】【族】【的】【英】【雄】【的】【灵】【魂】，【与】【血】【族】【首】
Chapter 597 【出】【于】【好】【奇】，【更】【出】【于】【死】【道】【友】【不】【死】【贫】【道】【的】【心】【态】，【几】【个】【人】【不】【约】【而】【同】【的】【凑】【过】【去】【看】，【与】【其】【说】【是】【关】【心】【队】【友】，【更】【不】【如】【说】【是】【看】【热】【闹】。 【颜】【秋】【意】【肃】【着】【一】【张】【脸】，【抖】【搂】【开】【手】【中】【的】【纸】【张】，“【看】【吧】。” 【一】【张】A4【纸】【上】【干】【干】【净】【净】【连】【个】【笔】【画】【都】【没】【有】。 【冉】【美】【玉】【惊】【讶】【道】，“【这】……【啥】【意】【思】？” 【颜】【秋】【意】【面】【无】【表】【情】，【她】
【不】【同】【与】【贾】【濡】【他】【们】【的】【惊】【慌】，【西】【沙】【看】【着】【黑】【下】【来】【的】【四】【周】，【像】【是】【瞬】【间】【明】【白】【了】【什】【么】，【嘴】【角】【禁】【不】【住】【的】【上】【扬】【起】【兴】【奋】【的】【笑】【意】。 “【还】【真】【是】【让】【人】【震】【惊】【啊】，【这】【种】【程】【度】【的】【控】【制】……” 【如】【果】【说】【洛】【娜】【的】【能】【力】【是】【一】【种】【意】【外】，【那】【么】【冷】【心】【所】【带】【给】【他】【的】【那】【就】【是】【震】【撼】。 【这】【是】【实】【打】【实】【的】【真】【实】【实】【力】。 “【这】【还】【真】【是】【不】【得】【了】……”【封】【遇】【霆】【低】【头】【看】【了】【看】【自】【己】【的】
【请】【假】【想】【了】【一】【天】，【还】【是】【决】【定】【完】【本】。 【还】【有】【些】【没】【交】【代】【的】【坑】，【后】【面】【我】【会】【写】【几】【篇】【番】【外】【交】【待】【一】【下】。 【大】【家】【会】【骂】，【这】【我】【想】【到】【了】。 【但】【是】【大】【家】【都】【在】【骂】，【这】【是】【我】【没】【想】【到】【的】。 【还】【有】【人】【说】【断】【更】【也】【等】，【好】【过】【烂】【尾】，【说】【实】【话】，【很】【惭】【愧】。 【对】【不】【起】。 【对】【不】【住】【各】【位】【一】【直】【追】【读】【订】【阅】【投】【票】【的】【读】【者】。 【很】【多】【想】【说】【的】。 【一】【下】【子】【不】【知】【道】【从】【什】