Rafael Nadal says simply changing his position on the court was the key to his win over Alex de Minaur. De Minaur played one of the best sets of his career to lead the match 6-4.
The second set went with serve and looked to be heading for a tiebreak with Nadal struggling to work out De Minaur’s serve.
But in the 12th game of the set, Nadal earned his first break point after a couple of sloppy errors from De Minaur.
And Nadal was able to break the Australian’s serve to win the set 7-5 and force a third set.
That breakthrough allowed Nadal to seize the momentum and he broke De Minaur again at the start of the final set.
The Spaniard then led by a double break and although De Minaur got one of the breaks back, Nadal broke again to serve for the match.
And the world No 1 sealed a 4-6 7-5 6-1 win on his first match point.
The scoreline arguably doesn’t reflect the quality of the match and Nadal said making subtle changes were the catalyst to his recovery.
“You need to have the mind open and clear to find solutions, and I was not able to win many points on the return during all the second set,” Nadal said.
Spain will now face Serbia on Sunday in the final with Nadal set to beat Novak Djokovic for the 55th time.
“We know it’s going to be a super tough final against Novak who likes to play here a lot,” Nadal said.
“He’s had a lot of great results and Serbia have a great team. They’re playing very well.