Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas will contest his first grand slam semifinal after backing up his upset of Roger Federer with a four-set Australian Open 2019 triumph over Roberto Bautista Agut on Tuesday.
In just his second Australian Open main draw appearance, the 20-year-old ended the Spaniard’s giant-killing run 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6 to become the youngest slam semifinalist since Novak Djokovic at the 2007 US Open.
It is quite the burden to carry blazing a path for a nation without a rich tennis history, but the Greek was determined his run wouldn’t end after pulling off the biggest win of his career over Federer two days before.
Keen to avoid the dreaded comedown so many players suffered after claiming a breakthrough win, Tsitsipas recovered from a break down in the first and third sets to eventually stifle the spark of an ailing Bautista Agut.
“It all feels like a fairytale, almost,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m just living the dream, living what I’ve been working hard for.