Australian stalwart Steve Smith is unwinding in Melbourne after a hectic few months of cricketing action for Australia. Smith, along with his wife Dani Willis, was in attendance at Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The official Twitter handle of Australian Open posted a star-studded picture of Smith, who was seated next to former Australian captain Allan Border, at the Rod Lover Arena. Smith and his wife Dani have been spotted enjoying the Australian Open in the past as well.
Both cricket stalwarts were present when Dominic Thiem defeated World No.1 Rafael Nadal in four sets to make it through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Nadal was outplayed at his own brand of physical tennis for much of the match.
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Thiem’s 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (6) victory over the top-seeded Nadal lasted 4 hours, 10 minutes because of so many lengthy, electrifying points. One rather memorable one featured Thiem stumbling onto his backside before popping up and keeping the ball in play until Nadal made a mistake.
“He’s playing with a lot of energy … (and) determination. So well done for him,” Nadal said. “I honestly didn’t play a bad match.”
The outcome ended Nadal’s career-best streak of making at least the semifinals at seven consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, a span during which he earned three trophies to narrow his gap with Federer.
“I just wanted to stay in the match. It was a special situation for me, serving for the match against Rafa. It’s such a mentally tough situation I couldn’t handle it! But I turned it around in the tie-breaker,” Thiem said after registering a stunning win over Nadal.