It was a dreamlike Stefanos Tsitsipas who today managed to win an incredible match against Rafael Nadal, recovering two sets behind and sensationalizing to the semi-finals of the 2021 Australian Open (3-6 2- 6 7- 6 6-4 7- 5 the final score).
For the Greek tennis player, this is the third time in his career that he has managed to enter the top four of a Grand Slam tournament. More than four hours of battle played against a champion of the Spaniard’s caliber makes it all even more special.
Stefanos Tsitsipas insists he has an “extra connection” to Rod Laver Arena after claiming one of the best wins of his career against Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Tsitsipas came from straight sets and won a fifth tie break to secure his place in the last four. The Greek is in the Melbourne Grand Slam semi-finals for the second time in his career after being beaten by Nadal in straight sets in 2019.
That year, Tsitsipas beat 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer – the defending tournament champion – in center short in the fourth round.
Tsitsipas on beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Asked how he compares his victory over Rafael Nadal to his triumph over Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas said: “It brings back some very good emotions and feelings.”
Definitely, you know, I feel something more, an additional connection to this short, Rod Laver. “I had great times, times that just lifted me up and times that I will never forget.
Rod Laver is one of my favorite shorts. It is an amazing place to play tennis. Every year I can play on this court and I keep improving. Glad to have the opportunity to play on such beautiful courts with a crowd that understands tennis and brings an atmosphere.
”Tsitsipas admits he admires Djokovic’s formidable record in the first Grand Slam of the year, which translates to 75-8 – his best of the four majors – and saw him win his last 19 matches at that event. .
“Well, he’s an amazing fighter,” he said. “He had great victories on this field. I watched a lot of his games when I was younger and not yet on the tour.
I remember an epic battle he had against Stan Wawrinka, which I remember well. I loved this game. He had some great games with Rod Laver, and he dominated. He’s been winning here in Australia for many years.
I respect a lot what he does and his consistency on Australian soil. He seems to like to play here. It’s his vibe. ”