He said he was physically “destroyed” at moments during that five-set win and is grateful he has two days off between his quarter-final and semi-final matches.
“We can't forget that I didn't play much tennis for such a long time, no? So under these very hard conditions, is difficult for me,” noted Nadal.
The 35-year-old is now just two wins away from breaking the men’s all-time Grand Slam record by capturing a 21st major. He isn’t too focused on eclipsing Roger Federer and Djokovic though and is just happy to still be alive in the tournament.
“For me, this victory is super important in these circumstances, and be able to win the semi-finals of a Grand Slam after everything is a lot of positive energy for me,” said the Mallorcan.
Key stats: Nadal leads the four semi-finalists, and is third overall in the tournament, in percentage first-serve points won, with an 82% success rate. He has won 95% of his service games. Berrettini sits second on the aces leaderboard this Australian Open with 92 struck through six matches.