As every day passes at this Australian Open, Rafael Nadal is emerging as a player ready — and wanting — to win another Grand Slam trophy.
The flashback look is welcomed by tennis fans, who had difficulty accepting the past few years when injuries either kept Nadal off the court, or made him look as if he really shouldn’t have attempted to step out on the court.
Nowadays, the 30-year-old Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam champion, is back to playing the picture of the perfect competitor. His fight is fantastic. His passing shots are powerful and persuasive. His desire to win is downright infectious.
On Wednesday night, Nadal won his 50th career match victory at the Australian Open to move into his 24th career Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-4, 7-6 (7), 6-4 quarterfinal win over third seed Milos Raonic.
“I’m excited about being back in final round of the most important events,” said Nadal, who won the last of his Grand Slam titles at the 2014 French Open, which also was the last time he was in a semifinal at a major.
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