World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas has admitted that whenever he makes a deep run at a Grand Slam tournaments he starts envisioning himself lifting the title. The 22-year-old Greek had a promising run at the Australian Open last month but it ended in a straight-set semifinal defeat to Daniil Medvedev.
It was the second Australian Open semifinal for Tsitsipas, who was beaten by Nadal in his first Australian Open semifinal two years ago. Tsitsipas also made the semifinal at the French Open last year. “When you reach that point, you always get something like that in your head, it’s hard not to,'' Tsitsipas told Greek magazine DownTown, as revealed on Tennis Majors.
''Because it is the dream of a lifetime and you suddenly realise you are quite close to making that dream come true. For me, winning the Australian Open would mean everything, mainly because my grandfather won the Olympic medal in 1956 in Melbourne (Sergei Salnikov, a Russian footballer), at the football arena that’s 50 metres from Melbourne Park.
Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to meet him, he passed away at a young age. I wish I had the chance to talk to him! Every match I play there I dedicate to him and, honestly, it pushes me to want to show something more and play well in Melbourne”.
Russell Crowe supported Tsitsipas in Melbourne
Famous Kiwi actor Crowe publicly voiced his support for the Greek during the Australian Open semifinal as he tweeted: ''I'm for Tsitsipas.' ' “I did see something on Twitter… It would be different if I had met him in person or if I was a fan of his.
For example, 7-8 months ago I sent a message via Twitter to Ed Westwick, because he starred in a TV series that I liked very much (note: he is referring to Gossip Girl), and I was telling him we could play tennis. He answered me just now, a little late! I’d say that was interesting to see,'' Tsitsipas said.