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Nadal ends Tiafoe's run in quarters

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal is back to feeling healthy. Probably not a coincidence that he's back in the Australian Open semifinals.

Playing his familiar brand of court-covering, ball-bashing, opponent-frustrating tennis, Nadal claimed 20 of his first 23 service points and saved the only two break chances he faced, ending American Frances Tiafoe's best Grand Slam run with a dominating 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory Tuesday night.

"I feel lucky to be where I am after all the things I went through," said Nadal, who quit during his quarterfinal at Melbourne Park a year ago because of a right leg problem, again during his semifinal at the U.S. Open in September because of a painful right knee, and then had offseason surgery on his right ankle.

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Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 9,135
2 R. Nadal 7,480
3 R. Federer 6,420
4 A. Zverev 6,385
5 J. Del Potro 5,150
6 K. Anderson 4,810
7 M. Cilic 4,160
8 D. Thiem 4,095
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10 J. Isner 3,155
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2 A. Kerber 5,505
3 C. Wozniacki 5,436
4 N. Osaka 5,270
5 S. Stephens 5,077
6 P. Kvitova 5,000
7 E. Svitolina 4,940
8 K. Pliskova 4,750
9 K. Bertens 4,490
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