MELBOURNE, January 22: Ruthless Rafael Nadal continued his relentless progress to reach the last four of the Australian Open as he slayed giantkiller Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday.
Unseeded Tiafoe, 21, had shocked fifth seed Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 20, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion proved too formidable for the popular American in his first major quarter-final.
The Spanish number two seed sprinted through in 107 minutes and will face another emerging star, the 20-year-old Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.
“I had some trouble at this event all my career so I am very happy with the way I played tonight,” said Nadal, who retired from last year’s quarter-final injured against Marin Cilic. (AFP)