The 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas has continued its triumphal March at the Australian Open and the semifinals of the Grand Slam-reached the tournament in Melbourne. Two days after his surprising victory over the Swiss defending champion Roger Federer, the Greek people were against Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain. After 3:15 hours he won 7:5, 4:6, 6:4, 7:6 (7:2).
“It feels almost like a fairy tale. I am living my dream, but I’ve worked hard to get here,” said Tsitsipas: “When I was asked before the season about my goals, I said, I want the semi-final in a Grand Slam. In response, I thought I was crazy. But it is true.”
On Thursday, he will play against the 17-time Grand Slam Champion Rafael Nadal of Spain or the 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe to reach the final. Tsitsipas of the youngest semi-finalist at the Australian Open since American Andy Roddick is 16 years ago. Already in the round of the best Eight Tsitsipas Greek tennis had written history.
In his previous five Victories at Melbourne Park, he gave each a set. Also against ten years older than Bautista Agut, the game was balanced until the third passage, then left the Spaniards a bit. During the tournament, Bautista Agut had to before go against the British Superstar Andy Murray, John Millman of Australia and the Croatian Marin Cilic over five sets.