NADAL AND OSAKA THROUGH TO AUSTRALIA OPEN FINAL

Second seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Japan’s Naomi Osaka have both booked their places in the finals of the Australia open.

Nadal who is yet to drop a set in the completion brought the young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas’ dramatic run to an end with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 victory to reach his fifth Australian Open final.

The 21 years old Greek was expected to give Nadal a run for his money, but it was not to be as the Spaniard cracked 28 winners, breaking Tsitsipas serve six times and faced only one break point himself to secure an emphatic win in one hour 46 minutes.

Nadal is poised to play the final match on Sunday against winner of the second semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and France’s Lucas Pouille on Friday.

“It was a great match, it has been a great tournament and I have played very well every day,” Nadal said.

“Hopefully I can play better than that.”

Naomi Osaka who is the reigning U.S Open champion secured her first back to back grand slam final with a hard fought victory again Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova at the Australian Open.

She won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to book a place in Saturdays final against Petra Kvitova, another Czech.

She said she was scared when she lost the second set haven lost severally to Pliskova in the past.

“I kind of expected it a little because I’ve played her so many times and she has beaten me more than I’ve beaten her. I told myself to regroup and I managed to win.

“It’s just experience playing matches like this. I was so scared serving second serves, I was like ‘oh, my god, please’ and somehow I made it so I guess that’s experience.”

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