World number six, Stefanos Tsitsipas got everyone’s jaws dropped as he ended Rafael Nadal dream of winning his second Australian Open Grand Slam title in a classic five-set thriller.
Just when Rafael Nadal thought he was “home and dry” having won the first two sets in sublime fashion, 6:3, 6:2, Stefanos Tsitsipas had other ideas as he dragged the third set into a tie break which he 7(7): 6(4).
The Greek star came out strong in the fourth and fifth set to round off what can be described as one of the most dramatic comebacks in the competition.
Stefanos Tsitsipas while reacting to his victory over the 20-time Grand Slam champion said was nervous at the start of the match but what happened in the third set was indescribable.
I’m speechless. I have no words to describe what has just happened out on the court. My tennis speaks out for itself. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be able to fight at such a level, be able to give it my all on the court. Today’s performance – I started very nervously, but I don’t know what happened after the third set. I flew like a little bird, everything was working for me. The emotions are indescribable.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas becomes the second player to come from two sets down to defeat Rafael Nadal at a Grand Slam competition after Fabio Fognini did at the 2015 US Open
Danil Medvedev will look to stop Stefanos Tsistipas from getting to his first Grand Slam final as he looks to get to his second having played at the 2019 US Open where he lost to Rafael Nadal.