2007 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

QF

FERNANDO GONZALEZ v RAFAEL NADAL

6-2 6-4 6-3

 

 

Fernando Gonzalez blew away second seed Rafael Nadal to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open.

The powerful Chilean dominated from the outset

Nadal was below par, and later blamed a leg injury, but he was ultimately undone by the awesome shotmaking of an inspired opponent.

Gonzalez needed just over two hours to complete the best win of his career.

The 26-year-old later said he was reaping the benefits of linking up with Larry Stefanki, former coach to Marcelo Rios, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Tim Henman.

"I've been trying to go to the net, slice more, run more," said Gonzalez.

"Before I used to hit, hit... I would win a point and lose a point and now I have other strategies to play.

 

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