Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to write history! Greek champion prevales over Roberto Bautista-Agut, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), qualifying for Australian Open semifinals and became the youngest athlete ever to qualify for the Melbourne Grand Slam semi-finals, after Andy Roddick in 2003.
It took 3 hours and 15 minutes to Stefanos Tsitsipas, with a huge new appearance, to force Bautista-Agut to his first defeat in 2019 and became the first athlete to secure a place in the semifinals of this year’s Australian Open!
In a match that did not start with the best way possible for the Greek champion, as Tsitsipas suffered a break in the first game, Stefanos proved once again his quality with a “come back”, after being down 2-4 in the 1st set. Tsitsipas managed two breaks at the Spaniards serve, in order to complete the first roll over of the match by winning the first set 7-5.
Early in the 2nd set the Greek champion suffered another break at his serve. However, this time the Spanish n.24 of the world rankings, managed to maintain his concentration and temper in his own service games that followed, in order to win the set with 6-4 and tie the quarterfinal.
The story first two sets was repeated in the third, as Bautista-Agut managed to be the first to break his opponnents serve for the 3rd consecutive set! At this point, Tsitsipas recruited once again to the Major of Melbourne his tremendous spiritual power, conquering 4 consecutive games to complete the overturning of the set with 6-4 and preceding with 2-1 sets.
The 4th set found both athletes keeping their serve to the end, with Stefanos losing a match point to 6-5 at the Bautista-Agut serve, a match point that “vanished” with a winner from the Spaniard’s and so the 4th set was to be solved at the tie-break. The excellent start of Tsitsipas in the tie-break, which preceded 3-0, laid the ground for his final 7-2 victory and gave rise to the celebrations of himself, his family, all Greeks, but also of Tstsipas fans all over the world!
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