Rafael Nadal soars into Australian Open after gritty four-set victory

Rafael Nadal hits a backhand during his four-set semifinal victory at the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal hits a backhand during his four-set semifinal victory at the Australian Open.
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Nadal’s win over Berrettini, under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena because of heavy local rain, was his 500th on hard courts at tour level. He’s only won the title at the Australian Open only once, in 2009.

deported on the eve of the tournament for failing to meet the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination criteria.

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