His fans could not agree more and said Tsitsipas has united the Greek community in Melbourne as they continued singing his praise even as Nadal served for the match.
Tsitsipas agreed with the view that Nadal was playing a new, more attacking game. The Spaniard will face Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the final.
Federer did not win any of 12 break points in a four-set defeat against 14th seed Tsitsipas in round four, but Bautista Agut managed it on his first in the opening game of the match.
But the resistance - meek as it was - ceased completely in the third set, as Nadal put his foot down and ruthlessly crushed the kid, whose conquest of Federer in the fourth round had hinted at his vast potential. That's definitely not the way I wanted to leave from the tournament. "Guys", Tsitsipas said, "if you haven't subscribed, please subscribe".
Tsitsipas' relaxed outlook to life belies the determination that has helped the 20-year-old go from a bright prospect to a genuine contender for a maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne.
In a trice, he was three set points in arrears, and Nadal bashed a fierce, fizzing serve wide to storm into the final stanza.
"Feeling as close to home as possible, I mean, it's the best thing I could have to have my family next to me, I wish I could do that more often". "That's why I worked very hard to be in the finals of the tournament, final of the major". Nadal said after winning, 'It was a great match. "I feel happy with my performance in this tournament but at the same time I feel disappointed".
Tsitsipas, who had taken 15 hours and 31 minutes to reach his first slam semi-final, signalled his intentions early, serve-volleying with brio.
She takes on Kvitova, who delivered a convincing 6-1, 6-4 win over Australia's Ash Barty and destroyed local hopes.
"I slept less than six hours". He has this talent that no other player has. "Similar game style like me". You don't need that many matches to play well. From that moment I started to check all the possible stats and the stories behind the tennis players.
"When I started the year they asked me what are my goals this year and I said "semi, of a grand slam", and I thought when I was answering this question I thought I was insane".
Rafa will face either Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouille in the final. "That was a huge confidence boost, a springboard for the rest of my career". "He's able to win against the best players of the world already".
But then when you have reached 25 Grand Slam finals you learn a little bit about picking up where you have left off. Nadal admitted that he was nonetheless anxious about his form after a near four-month absence from competitive play. "I expect him to come out, be very confident - as he always is".