The 35-year-old Spanish nice, seeded sixth, was too stable for the Italian seventh seed, successful 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours 55 minutes, and can face both Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s remaining.
Nadal is stage on 20 majors along with his golden-era rivals Novak Djokovic, who was deported on the eve of the event, and Roger Federer, who’s absent with harm.
It offers the Spaniard a chance to go clear on the prime and add to his lone 2009 Melbourne Park crown in his sixth Australian Open remaining.
“For me it is all concerning the Australian Open greater than the rest, it is a tremendous occasion,” Nadal mentioned.
“I’ve been a bit unfortunate throughout my profession with some accidents and I performed in some wonderful finals right here with some good possibilities in opposition to Novak in 2012 and Roger in 2017, I used to be shut a few occasions.
“I really feel very fortunate that I gained as soon as in my profession in 2009, however I by no means thought of one other probability in 2022.
“So I will simply attempt to take pleasure in as we speak’s victory and take a look at my finest within the remaining.”
It has been a rare effort from Nadal on the 12 months’s opening main, having to switch his recreation to compensate for a degenerative bone illness in his left foot that ended his 2021 season final August.
‘It means rather a lot’
He then caught Covid in December which, he mentioned, made him “very sick”.
But Nadal brushed apart Berrettini’s problem with precision shot-making, whereas final 12 months’s Wimbledon finalist couldn’t overcome his sluggish begin.
The stark statistic confronting Berrettini was that Nadal had by no means misplaced in his 20 Grand Slam semi-finals after main by two units.
“I began the match enjoying nice, the primary two units had been considered one of my finest in a very long time and I knew Matteo was a really stable participant, very harmful and I knew sooner or later within the third set he was going to go for his photographs,” Nadal mentioned.
“It means rather a lot to me to be within the remaining once more right here,” added Nadal who’s now unbeaten in 10 matches to begin the 2022 season after successful a warm-up occasion in Melbourne.
Nadal made the higher begin, breaking tentative Berrettini’s opening service recreation when the Italian’s backhand went huge.
Nadal solidly rolled via his service holds to say the opening set on his fourth set level in 43 minutes.
Nadal was honing in on Berrettini’s backhand and received his reward with a double break to take a stranglehold on the second set.
He completed off a 10-stroke rally with a fragile slice that once more uncovered Berrettini’s backhand to consolidate the double break.
Berrettini, the primary Italian man to play within the Australian Open semi-finals, raised his stage within the third set.
He introduced up his first break factors in six units in his two encounters with Nadal and broke with a forehand winner to 5-3 and served out to cut back the deficit to 1 set.
However the important thing break got here within the eighth recreation of the fourth set, Nadal citing two separate break factors and getting the essential break when Berrettini netted a forehand earlier than serving out for the match.