The Serbian star reaches fourth round amid growing fears about durability of his injured left hamstring.
22-time Grand Slam champion faced a stern test to start his campaign at a sweltering Melbourne Park as he defeated 21-year-old Jack Draper from Britain.
Rafael Nadal praises the 'next-gen' as "super-good" but says he isn't sure they could dominate in the way he, Djokovic and Federer have.
Pictures of tennis rivals Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal crying after combining for Team Europe in a doubles match in London went viral on social media.
Tennis star Rafael Nadal will face third-seeded Alexander Zverev in the semifinals after beating the world's number one Novak Djokovic in four sets, a contest that lasted over four hours.
Nadal moved to equal-second with John Newcombe on the all-time list for most quarterfinals in Australia.
Rafa Nadal, 20-time Grand Slam champion, says two-week gap between French Open and Wimbledon not enough time for him to recuperate after demanding clay-court season.
The 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 defeat was the first major final for Tsitsipas and 29th for Djokovic, who also won the French Open in 2016, along with nine titles at the Australian Open, five at Wimbledon and three at the US Open.
Rafa Nadal barely broke sweat as he continued his quest for a 21st Grand Slam with a brutal 6-3 6-3 6-3 dismantling of Briton Cameron Norrie in the third round of the French Open on Saturday.
Rafael Nadal beats the world number one Novak Djokovic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 49 minutes to clinch the title while fellow French Open champion Iga Swiatek claims women's tournament in just 45 minutes.
Nadal, aiming for a record-extending 10th Rome title, will next face big-serving American Reilly Opelka, who reached his first Masters semi-finals
Spain's Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals at the ATP Finals for the first time in five years after knocking out the defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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