Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas was lost for words after recovering from two sets down to beat Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, found himself in a tough spot at Rod Laver Arena but he found a way back and beat Nadal 3-6 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 7-5 to process into the Australian Open semifinal.
"I have no words to describe what has just happened on the court, my tennis speaks for itself,” Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to fight at such a high level and leave it out on the court.
I started very nervously. I don’t know what happened after the third set. I flew like a bird and everything worked for me”.
Tsitsipas delivered when it mattered most
Tsitsipas broke Nadal in the ninth game of the fourth set, before serving out for a decider in the following game.
In the fifth set, Tsitsipas broke Nadal in the 11th game before serving out for the match in the following game. "I focused on staying calm and holding my nerves today. I have failed to do so in some of my matches [in the past],” said Tsitsipas.
“I stayed calm in the tight moments and I kept everything to myself. I am really happy with the attitude that I showed on the court”. Tsitsipas will be fighting against Daniil Medvedev for a place in the Australian Open semifinal.
Medvedev beat Andrey Rublev in straight sets to make the Australian Open semifinal. “[Medvedev] plays very well and has been very consistent, with lots of consecutive wins,” said Tsitsipas. “I need to recover and have a good ice bath.
I am looking forward to the match and each match I play here is an opportunity to play my best tennis. It will be amazing to see the crowds again”.