Stefanos Tsitsipas reflects on setting new mark for Greek tennis


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Stefanos Tsitsipas reflects on setting new mark for Greek tennis

Rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas didn't hide his happiness after becoming the first male Greek player to reach a Grand Slam last-16 in the Open Era. The 19-year-old demolished Italian Thomas Fabbiano in the Wimbledon third round on Friday 6-2 6-1 6-4.

The Greek previously beat qualifier Gregoire Barrere in the first round and fellow rising star Jared Donaldson in the second round, respectively. Tsitsipas debuted at Wimbledon last year when he won three qualifying matches to make the main draw before he lost to Serb Dusan Lajovic in the first round.

The Greek has no notable results at the remaining Grand Slam as he lost in the first round of this year's Australian Open -- lost in the French Open first round last year but made round two at the tournament this year -- and has yet to make his debut appearance at the US Open.

"It's an amazing feeling, and I feel very proud that I represent Greece and that all of my hard work has paid off," Tsitsipas said on becoming the first Greek player to reach the last-16 at a Major in the Open Era.

Tsitsipas, who is also currently enjoying his career-high ranking of No. 35 in the world, is set to clash next against big-serving American John Isner. World No. 10 Isner also comfortably cruised past his third round match as he saw off Moldavian Radu Albot in straight sets in Friday.

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