The Australian Open is in full swing and the biggest highlight till now has been Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas who recently scripted history. The World No.6 defeated 20-time Grand Slam winner, Rafael Nadal 3-6,2-6,7-6,6-4,7-5.
Tsitsipas battled his mood swings and kept his composure to come back from two sets down to win it against one of the legends of the game. With this win, the 22-year old has progressed through to the semifinals for the second time.
Speaking at the post-match interview the Greek said, “Well yeah, it was something that I focused a lot today.
“Staying calm on the court and holding my nerves are very important elements and have been failing to do so until my matches.”
To add to that Tsitsipas credited his father who looked after him and has helped him a lot to keep him in a proper mental shape. His mood swings were very consistent throughout the Australian Open and even during the quarterfinal match against Nadal. He looked very composed even when he was two sets down and played very freely during the third set to script a famous comeback.
“I would also give a big part of my victory to dad, being able to be consistent with my mood and just stay calm in the crucial type moments that helped a lot.”
The 22-year old has been calmer than ever and he revealed how he has been keeping to himself. Even after winning an iconic win against Nadal, his celebrations were very subtle and minimal.
“My mood was very consistent. I’ve been working on trying to just keep everything to myself. And it’s also something that I’m really, really happy with the court, it’s, it’s perfect.”
Tsitsipas will now face World No.4 Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. The Russian defeated his compatriot Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals. It will be a very exciting match when Tsitsipas will be going up against Medvedev.
This will be the second time in three years that the Greek has qualified for the Australian Open semifinals. Also this only the second time the 22-year old has beaten a top 10 ranked player in Grand Slams, the first one being Roger Federer two years back in Australia.