Tomas Berdych humbled Nadal 6-2 6-0 7-6 (7-5) in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park this afternoon in the Australian Open 2015. The 14-time Grand slam champion bowed out to Berdych in straight sets after being undefeated for 17 consecutive matches against Romas Berdych.
Nadal came in the tournament after an injury, having only played few games since Wimbledon last year. The former number one player had earlier gone for a surgery in October last year.
This could be termed as a historic win for Berdych as the Czech was able to beat Nadal after 17 matches, stopping Nadal from setting up the record for 18 consecutive wins against the same player.
Berdych was in a ruthless form striking 46 winners against the Spaniard. He also broke Nadal five times in the match. In the first set, Berdych took a lead of 4-2 against Nadal and then finally finished the first set with 6-2.
In the second set, Nadal had no answers to Berdych’s all-round play. Nadal looked frustrated and clearly was giving away a lot of easy points with unforced errors. The number 7 seed took the second set with ease sweeping Rafael Nadal 6-0.
Nadal did play better in the third set as it went to a tie-breaker. Berdych had taken a 5-1 lead in the tie-break but Nadal fought back bringing it back to 5-4. Nadal saved three match points before finally Berdych beating the former number one in straight sets.
Berdych next faces either Andy Murray or home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the Semi-finals of the Australian Open 2015