Australian Open 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas reach his first Grand Slam semi-final

Jan 22 2019 01:48 PM
Australian Open 2019: Stefanos Tsitsipas  reach his first Grand Slam semi-final

Roger Federer's conqueror had to contend with dropping his serve early in each of the first three sets to the Spanish 22nd seed before coming through in 3hr 15min.Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas showed flexibility and maturity Tuesday to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) win over Roberto Bautista Agut.

After holding his head in his hands in disbelief and sinking to the floor on Rod Laver Arena , He said that,  "It all feels like a fairytale almost," he further added that  "he is just living the dream, living what I've been working hard for,and  he  feel a bit emotional but not too much – He know he really worked hard to get here, playing in semis of a Grand Slam.”

Federer did not win any of 12 break points in a four-set defeat against 14th seed Tsitsipas in round four, but Bautista Agut managed it on his first in the opening game of the match.This time the Spaniard stayed on top and levelled the match 6-4. Another break for Bautista Agut came in the fifth game of the third set. But with the crowd beginning to get more involved, Tsitsipas outlived the Spaniard in a gruelling game to level at 4-4.

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There was no panic from the 20-year-old from Athens and he broke back before stealing the set 7-5 with a second break created by a rasping forehand winner that flat-footed the Spaniard. Bautista Agut went 2-1 up in the second set with another early break as the Tsitsipas first serve momentarily deserted him and when another break followed the Athenian artist had his nose back in front. By now his serve was beginning to flow as smoothly as his mane of long hair and there was no early break for Bautista Agut in the fourth set. The gutsy Spaniard successfully served to stay in the match at 4-5.

But he was under pressure again at 5-6 and showed incredible flexibility to keep away a first match point after a 21-shot baseline rally and take it to a tiebreak. But Tsitsipas jumped out to a 3-0 lead and secured the match on the first of four more match points.

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