Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from two sets down to shock Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, thereby making sure the Spaniard’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title was ended.
Nadal who is second in the world ranking was on course for a comfortable victory before Tsitsipas turned the match on its head to make sure he secured victory at 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-5 in a seismic upset.
Tsitsipas, who hit 49 winners and 17 aces said,
“I don’t know what happened after the third set — I fly like little bird, everything was working for me,”
“The emotions at the end were indescribable, they were something else.”
The 22-year-old who credited a composed temperament for his turnaround, said;
“I was able to be consistent with my mood and be calm in the crucial moments,”
“I’ve been trying to keep everything to myself and I’m happy with my attitude I showed on the court.”
The Punch reported that. This is the second time Nadal had lost when two sets up in a Grand Slam, the first time was when he was beaten by Fabio Fognini in the third round of the 2015 US Open.
The 34 year old, remains tied with Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles, but Novak Djokovic can pull within two if he wins his 18th major trophy at Melbourne Park.
The Greek man who is fifth in the ATP World Ranking is now on course to reach his first ever Grand Slam final when he plays the excellent Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final.
Tsitsipas, who has a 1-5 record against the Russian. also said,
“He’s playing very well and is in good shape. I know he is going to give me a difficult time on the court,”
“I need to recover and do a nice ice bath.”
This is the second time he has beaten Nadal in eight attempts. World number one Djokovic will play the other semi-final against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev
This is the only Grand Slam Nadal hasn’t won on multiple occasions and he was hoping to end a 12-year drought at this year’s edition.