Chair umpires are making all the headlines in the Australian Open 2020. During Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal's quarterfinal, the two tennis stars weren’t the only ones showboating. The Australian Open chair umpire took a one-handed catch off a Nadal mishit. It was so good that it would make people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground proud.
THIEM's Time To 𝓢𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓮!— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 29, 2020
After 4 hours and 10 minutes, @ThiemDomi knocks out world No.1 Rafael Nadal, 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) to advance to the #AusOpen semifinals for the first time.#AO2020 pic.twitter.com/lWuZXBzNmt
Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem battled it out for a place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday. The game was a humdinger, with Nadal suffering a shock 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (6) defeat. This set up a mouthwatering Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev semi-final. However, one of the highlights of the game was Australian Open chair umpire Aurelie Tourte taking a one-handed catch off a Rafael Nadal return. This wasn’t the only time when the Australian Open chair umpire grabbed everyone's attention. Rafael Nadal hit out at the umpire following a time violation warning for going over the permitted 25-second shot clock.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal’s exit means that the Spaniard wouldn’t equal World No. 3 Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles in this tournament. Nadal’s exit also means that a next-gen ATP star will appear in the Australian Open 2020 finals. Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem will face off in the first semi-final while World No. 2 Novak Djokovic will take on World No. 3 Roger Federer in the other semi-final. Djokovic is chasing his 8th Australian Open crown. Meanwhile, Roger Federer is looking to avenge his Wimbledon final loss to the Serbian.