Rafa Nadal and Matteo Berrettini face each other today, Friday, January 28, in the semifinal match of the Australian Open 2022 . The Mallorcan faces the world number seven and executioner of the Spaniards Carlos Alcaraz and Pablo Carreño, who reaches the Grand Slam semifinals for the first time in his career after beating Gael Monfils in five sets. The meeting between Nadal and Berrettini is scheduled in the second round of the Rod Laver Arena, not before 4:30 in the morning in Spain, one hour less in the Canary Islands.
Both tennis players come to this match after a tough battle in the quarterfinals in which they needed five sets to win. The two matches followed a very similar script, Nadal and Berrettini scoring the first two sets but Shapovalov and Monfils came from behind and forced the fifth. Already in the decisive round, the Spaniard and the Italian recovered to achieve victory and seal their spot in the semi-finals.
It will be the first time that these two tennis players face each other at the Australian Open . In fact, this is the second time in his career that Berrettini has reached this round at a Grand Slam, the first time being at the 2019 US Open where he also faced Rafa Nadal . That day the Balearic got rid of the current number seven in the world in three sets to later win the final and conquer his Grand Slam number 19.
Berrettini is a very dangerous player, with one of the best inverted forehands on the circuit. Although Carlos Alcaraz managed to take him to the limit. The Spaniard came back from two sets down and lost in the fifth set super tie-break 10-5. The semifinal match between Nadal and Berrettini can be seen through the Eurosport 1 payment channel, available on the Movistar+ and DAZN platforms.
Where to watch the Nadal-Berrettini match live?
Rafa Nadal and Matteo Berrettini meet this Friday, January 28, in the semifinals of the Australian Open for a place in the final. The duel between Nadal and Berrettini will be the first semifinal to be played and is scheduled for the second round of the Rod Laver Arena, not before 4:30 in the morning in Spain, one hour less in the Canary Islands. The meeting can be seen on television through Eurosport 1 , available on the Movistar+ and DAZN platforms.