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As it happened: Resurgent Tsitsipas completes remarkable comeback to topple Nadal; Alcott wins seventh Australian Open; Barty crashes out in quarter-final after shock loss to Muchova

Relive all the highlights from one of the most remarkable matches ever staged at Rod Laver Arena

Here’s Dylan Alcott’s victory speech after claiming his seventh Australian Open title…

“I just want to thank everybody at the Australian Open to Craig, Wayne, Daniel, Marty, Phil, Holly, everyone from the Tennis Australia. I feel extremely lucky to be doing my job right now to be honest even though it’s 12:35. I still feel very lucky to be here. I would play at 3 am in the car park to be honest.

“It’s a privilege to come out here all the time and get to play Australian Open. I’m from Australia and Melbourne. I know how much hard work went into this. Congratulations everyone for getting it up. I appreciate you. And increasing the draw size for the quad division. The tennis spoke for itself. Thanks so much for having us. I want to thank all the sponsors for putting this together. Without them there would be no tournament.

“I want to thank my team. What a weird year it’s been. It keeps getting weirder. I want to thank every single person who is sitting up here. As Craig said there’s a lot of essential workers who happened to get accreditation. I said they’re all my nurses. Every single person that came every day. I love you all so much. Chantelle thank you every day everything that you do. I love you so much.

“To my direct team who we played together every day. My family, Francois, I have Ben Crowe who had a fairly good week with everybody. You’re a superstar. I appreciate the help you’ve given me mentally to be able to perform and Giorgi and Reece and Dana, Zac. Is that everyone. Name checks.

“And finally I just want to say it’s such – send my love to every single person out there. I think us tennis players are lucky – and Heath. Sorry. I can see you down there and Brenda who is not here. I feel privileged be out there representing tennis. I feel honoured and grateful for the opportunity. I don’t know how many more I’ve got left in me, maybe one more I’ve got left in me, maybe one more with crowds. See how I go. Thank you everyone. I really appreciate it. Cheers.”

The legend of Dylan Alcott continues to grow as he claims his seventh Australian Open quad wheelchair men’s singles title.

The Aussie champion was ruthless in the final against The Netherlands’ Sam Schroder, winning 6-1, 6-0 in just 63 minutes.

Alcott was dominant on Margaret Court Arena, more than doubling Schroder for winners 30-13 and firing off three aces to zero.

The 30-year-old broke the Dutchman no fewer than six times to complete the rout. Alcott is now a 12-time grand slam champion.

Dylan Alcott.

Dylan Alcott.Credit:Getty Images

Tsitsipas speaks to Jim Courier after the match…

Tsitsipas completes mission impossible as he fights back from two sets down to beat Nadal in five. It’s just the third time in 249 outings that Nadal has lost after winning the first two sets.

Tsitsipas will now face Daniil Medvedev in the final four.

The winner of that contest will meet either Novak Djokovic or Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev in the final.

This will be Tsitsipas’ second trip to the Australian Open semi-finals while Medvedev is a first-time semi-finallist at Melbourne Park.

Nadal hit more winners than Tsitsipas (58-49), but also committed more unforced errors (42-38).

The total points difference was quite narrow in the end, highlighting the tightness of the contest, with Tsitsipas prevailing 145-142.

The Spaniard actually broke the fifth seed three times to two, but Tsitsipas was slightly stronger on serve with a superior winning percentage of both first serve (79-78) and second serve (69-58).

He also won the ace count 17-15, while Nadal committed the only two double-faults of the contest.

Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal.Credit:Getty Images

Tsitsipas get a warm embrace from his father following the biggest win of his career.

Stefaons Tsitsipas.

Stefaons Tsitsipas.Credit:Getty Images

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