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Nadal stunned by Aussie in epic three-set thriller

World No.55 Jordan Thompson has shocked Rafael Nadal at the Brisbane International, defeating him in a three-hour thriller.

The Australian lost the first set but went on to claim victory 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 in an enthralling contest.

It’s a major setback for Nadal who has fallen significantly in the world rankings due to a hip injury, which played havoc during the third set when he took a medical timeout.

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The 37-year-old started strong in the first set but Thompson’s determination was clear from the outset, breaking Nadal’s serve at 4-3.

Thompson’s second set was even more impressive but he had to save match points for Nadal to win in a tie-breaker.

The third set put even more momentum in Thompson’s favour, as he led 4-1 before Nadal went away from the court for the timeout.

It didn’t impact the game too much with the Aussie claiming a stunning victory after Nadal hit a shot long in an epic final rally.

Thompson credited the fans who stayed late in the night for his win. 

“Thanks everyone for sticking around, you guys got me through, that was something special,” he said on Nine’s coverage.

Match point in the third set wasn’t a walk in the park for Thompson either, having to contend with two noises coming from a train during the rally.

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“I think that train needed some WD-40 the whole match … but too big of a point not to concentrate,” he laughed.

“… To beat Rafa in Brissy, at home in a quarter-final, I think it’s my first semi-final on a hard court as well, I couldn’t be happier.”

Thompson’s win continues a trend of upsets for Australians after Alex de Minaur defeated Novak Djokovic in the United Cup. 

The Australian will play Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals.

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