Mats Wilander: Stefanos Tsitsipas is always going to show up, just like Rafael Nadal



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Mats Wilander: Stefanos Tsitsipas is always going to show up, just like Rafael Nadal

Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander was impressed by the performance Stefanos Tsitsipas delivered in the Australian Open quarterfinal. On Wednesday, Tsitsipas dismantled world No. 10 Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-4 6-2 to set up an Australian Open semifinal against Daniil Medvedev.

Tsitsipas barely overcame Taylor Fritz in five sets a match earlier. "I think it’s the best Stefanos has played so far in this tournament," Wilander said in the Cube, as quoted on Eurosport. "His tactics today were very clear from the beginning, and his ball-striking was perfect.

"Even though he faced a tricky situation when the roof was closed, he showed a lot of experience. I thought it was going to be a really close match – in fact, I was thinking Sinner had a really good chance, and he had no chance in my eyes.

"I think Stefanos’ game plan in every match is very similar, he is trying to take the ball as early as possible, take it on the rise, come forward. He was so aggressive, he took over 60% of his shots on the rise, which is just unbelievable."

Tsitsipas shows up in big matches

"Tsitsipas played an amazing match to me, I was completely surprised. Stefanos is going to be a great ‘big-match’ player, he is always going to show up, just like Rafa Nadal," Wilander continued.

"Yes, there will be a match when Rafa has not played well, but he is still a great ‘big-match’ player. So I think for Tsitsipas, it’s the same. Some days he is going to play bad and lose, but he is going to be there and he is going to try all of these different things.

"On all four surfaces, he is going to find different ways of changing things around. It is not easy, you have to beat him off the court because he is not going to roll over on his own." Tsitsipas doesn't have a great record against Medvedev as the Russian leads their head-to-head 6-2. Medvedev beat Tsitsipas in last year's Australian Open semifinal.