Tennis shooting star Stefanos Tsitsipas continues his triumphal march at the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. The Greek is in the round of the top four and meets there on the current number two.

Tsitsipas could hardly believe his luck after the match ball

Two days after his defeat against defending champion Roger Federer, Greek professional tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first player to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The 20-year-old won in the quarter-finals after 3:15 hours against the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets of 7: 5, 4: 6, 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 2) and stands for the first time at one of four Grand Slam tournaments in the semifinals.

“It feels like a fairy tale, that’s what I worked for,” Tsitsipas said. The Greek was especially pleased that he was able to build on his strong performance in the previous round in his victory over his idol Federer: “The biggest challenge was preparing for this match, I’m glad that I played well today that was not a coincidence. “

Tsitsipas also played courageously against Bautista Agut again. The world ranking-15. from Greece picked up in the first and third set each impact losses again and made in the crucial moments the points against Bautista Agut. In the course of the tournament, the 30-year-old Spaniard had thrown out former World Ranking First Andy Murray of Great Britain and last year’s finalist Marin Cilic of Croatia. Also for Bautista Agut, the number 24 in the world rankings, it was the first quarterfinals in a Grand Slam tournament.

Tennis Australian Open 2019 Stefanos Tsitsipas (picture-alliance / AP Photo / M. Schiefelbein)

His star has finally risen at the Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas

Now against Nadal

Next opponent of Tsitsipas is on Thursday the former world ranking first Rafael Nadal from Spain. The current number two (behind the Serb Novak Djokovic) prevailed against the 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe sovereign in three sets with 6: 3, 6: 4 and 6: 2 by and remained so without a set loss in the tournament. On Monday Alexander Zverev, the last German tennis pro, said goodbye to the Australian Open.

Kerber Slayer Collins in the semifinals

In the women’s competition, the American Danielle Collins and the Czech Petra Kvitova reached the semi-finals. Collins, who defeated Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber on Sunday , beat Russia’s Annastassiya Pavlyuchenkova from Russia in straight sets of 2: 6, 7: 5, 6: 1. In the round of the best four, her first Grand Slam semi-final, the 25-year-old gets to deal with two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. The 28-year-old Czech won 6: 1, 6: 4 in two sets against Australian local hero Ashleigh Barty.


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