Stefanos Tsitsipas explodes at the Australian Open: Even the doctor can’t believe it

Stefanos Tsitsipas had a message.

No, not to friends or family in Greece, as one might think, but to his doctor.

“I’m pretty sure he’s watching right now,” said the 23-year-old: “He’s written to me after every match so far. We didn’t expect that I’d even be able to take part in the Australian Open.”

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At the end of November, the Greek had to undergo an elbow operation.

And yet he was standing there in the winner’s interview after that 6: 3, 6: 4, 6: 2 victory in the quarterfinals over Jannik Sinner and smiled at the camera: “I proved him wrong.”

Tsitsipas increases over the course of the tournament

It was Tsitispas’ most convincing performance in Melbourne so far – by a wide margin. Only in the first round against Swede Mikael Ymer had he remained flawless so far, in the following rounds Tsitsipas had always given up at least one set. In the round of 16 against the American Taylor Fritz, he even had to go the full distance and, after being 2-1 down in sets, had his back to the wall at times.

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“Maybe Tsitsipas needed that to get to the limit and test if he was fit enough,” said Eurosport expert Boris Becker.

Because against Sinner, who the bookmakers had even seen in front before the match, the knot finally burst.

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In the quarterfinals against world number ten, Tsitsipas showed a highly concentrated performance from start to finish.

The Greek was the more powerful player and also cold as ice with his break chances (4/4 used). Even a break in the second set, when the roof of the Rod Laver Arena had to be closed due to rain, didn’t shake him.

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“Tsitsipas played an incredible match, I was completely surprised,” said Mats Wilander in his analysis for Eurosport: “Stefanos will one day become a great ‘big match player’. In important moments he is always there, just like Rafael Nadal .”

Tsitsipas surprises himself

Just like the Spaniard did his Quarterfinal win against Denis Shapovalov, Tsitsipas could also rely on his service against Sinner. The world number four made 79% of the points when the first serve came, not conceding a break chance throughout the match.

“I surprised myself a bit with that,” Tsitsipas admitted in an exclusive interview with Eurosport. But the Greek also knew how to please in other ways.

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“There’s Plan A: He’s very aggressive from the baseline. But he also has a plan B: serve and volley,” ex-pro Tim Henman was impressed by Tsitsipas’ variability: “He can also score if he acts further back on the court. That makes it very exciting to watch him.”

The 2019 ATP Finals champion has suddenly become the secret favorite, if you can still talk about it in the round of four.

Tsitsipas gets a chance for revenge against Medvedev

Tsitsipas had already reached the semifinals in Melbourne in 2019 (against Rafael Nadal) and last year against Daniil Medvedev, but lost both times. Against the latter he now gets the chance for revenge.

“Stefanos is a difficult opponent, we’ve had many matches against each other,” said Medvedev, who had significantly more problems in his quarterfinals with Félix Auger-Aliassime than Tsitsipas with Sinner.

The second in the world rankings even had to fend off a match point in the five-set thriller against the Canadian, but was still able to turn the high-class duel after being 2-0 down (6:7 [4:7], 3:6, 7:6 [7:2], 7:5, 6:4).

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Medvedev is favorite against Tsitsipas

Medvedev is still the favorite in the semifinals. The Russian won six of eight direct duels. However, Tsitsipas, who is also feeling more and more comfortable in Melbourne, won the last meeting at the French Open 2021.

Apparently so comfortable that he is even considering buying a house in Australia should he win the final. A corresponding question from Eurosport expert Barbara Schett left Tsitsipas unanswered with a grin.

His focus, that much is clear, is now on the semifinals on Friday.

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