The third-seeded Nadal , a 14-time Grand Slam singles champion, said before the tournament began that his lack of match fitness because of injuries and illness in the last half of 2014 made him unlikely to win more than a few rounds at Melbourne Park.
Nadal saved two match points in the 12th game of the final set, sending it to a tiebreaker. Berdych led 5-2 and finally ended the match on his fourth match point when Nadal netted a return of serve. Coming into the Australian Open, Nadal had played only eight matches since last June because of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in November.
In the women's singles,
Sharapova made all the big points look easy Tuesday in defeating 20-year-old
"I had to produce a really good performance against Genie," Sharapova said. "She's been playing so confidently and aggressively."
The last time Sharapova and Bouchard met — in the semifinals at the
This time, Bouchard, who made the finals of
Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion, has a 5-0 record against Makarova, including wins in the quarterfinals here in 2012 and 2013. In four of those losses, Makarova failed to win a set.
"She likes playing here," Sharapova said of Makarova. "She uses that left-handed serve really well. It's always tricky playing a lefty and your compatriot, as well, but one of us will be in the final, and that makes me happy."
The other women's semifinalists will be determined on Wednesday when No. 1-ranked