Stefanos Tsitsipas, 24, is confident that he can go all the way at the Australian Open as he insists that he is now "a different player." Tsitsipas, ranked at No 4 in the world, saw off Jiri Lehecka 6-3 7-6 (3) 6-4 to progress into the Australian Open semifinal.
When Tsitsipas takes on Karen Khachanov in his next match, it will be his fourth Australian Open semifinal. Previously, Tsitsipas suffered Australian Open semifinal defeats in 2019, 2021 and 2022. But now Tsitsipas feels the outcome will be different.
Tsitsipas: I'm a different player now
“I'm feeling great with my tennis. I don't think I felt so good in a long time. I will definitely say yes [to winning the title]. I've said it, I'm a different player, playing different.
My mentality is different. When I'm out on the court, I don't really think of negatives, to be honest. I just go out there and play the game. There is this one sort of way of looking at tennis that you're really exhausted after every match.
Every single thing you try to do on the court takes a lot of effort. There's this other version of tennis where you're doing your job, but you're enjoying it so much you don't care if it's exhausting or not. You're refreshed by it every single time.
I think I'm heading towards more of that lately than the other thing. I'm very happy to be out on the court. I'm very happy to be performing. I'm very happy to hit some good shots, come in. It's just this whole dynamic that has made me very hungry and has created a lot of desire for me to be playing tennis, wanting to achieve new things," Tsitsipas said, per Eurosport.
Going into his Australian Open semifinal, Tsitsipas is the favorite to beat Khachanov. Tsitsipas owns a dominant 5-0 head-to-head against Khachanov.