Rafael Nadal stunned by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid Open semi-final
Greek youngster will face Novak Djokovic in final
Last Updated: 11/05/19 11:32pm
Stefanos Tsitsipas knocked out five-time champion Rafael Nadal to reach the Madrid Open final where he will meet world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
The 20-year-old Greek prevailed in a compelling encounter 6-4 2-6 6-3 to seal his first ever victory against the 17-time Grand Slam champion in their fourth meeting.
Tsitsipas, who has now beaten Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in the past year, will target a second consecutive title and fourth of his career on Sunday.
Nadal remains without a title this year and has now failed to progress past the semi-finals in each of his three clay court appearances this season, losing each time to a different opponent.
Tsitsipas suffered an early morning three-set defeat in the men's doubles semi-final but returned to the court with renewed energy.
He edged an untidy opening set which included five breaks in the opening nine games.
Nadal was more purposeful in the second set as he broke his opponent twice on his way to forcing a deciding set, but it was Tsitsipas who fought off early breaks points before securing a double break lead.
The second seed snatched one break back but Tsitsipas remained committed to seal a notable success on his fourth match point.
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