Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas went through a range of emotions after recovering from two sets down to beat record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 5, created a stunning comeback at Rod Laver Arena as he beat world No.
2 Nadal 3-6 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 7-5 to progress into the Australian Open semifinal. In 2019, Tsitsipas stunned former world No. 1 Roger Federer en route to making his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Melbourne Park. On Wednesday, Tsitsipas beat one of the greatest players in tennis history to make his third Grand Slam semifinal.
"It brings back very good emotions and feelings (Federer 2019). I have a special connection with court where I lives moments that elevated me. Amazing place to play tennis," Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors.
Tsitsipas thrilled to make a comeback against Nadal
"The fact that I was able to come back and to fight with such a respected player as Rafa created a great moment of appreciation.
That was epic. That's where I always want to be and there is more to go," Tsitsipas said. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, didn't want to panic and get nervous on the court and it paid off. "Nothing special to think of.
I was "there", in the nirvana, playing, not thinking. I just played more flawless at some point. I played with not care and it increased my level of tennis," Tsitsipas said. After falling two sets down to Nadal, it was easy for Tsitsipas to get into a dark cloud and completely lose himself on the court.
"It'll be weird if I had been stressed and piss myself at two sets down. I walked down today and felt very relaxed, felt things would go my way. I was very serene. Couldn't explain it. Maybe the absence of the crowd ? Don't know," Tsitsipas said.