Tsitsipas Becomes Youngest Grand Slam Semifinalist Since Djokovic At 2007 US Open

Tanuja Saikhom | 8 months ago

No 14 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has become the youngest player to reach the last four of a Grand Slam since Novak Djokovic at the 2007 US Open. The 20 years and 168 days old Greek sensation defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-2) in the quarter-final of the Australian Open to earn a maiden Grand Slam semifinal on Tuesday.

The quarterfinal win in Melbourne means Tsitsipas is also the youngest man to reach the last four in Australian Open since Andy Roddick in 2003. He also became the first Greek player to go beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam when he ousted six-time champion Roger Federer a couple of days ago.

The biggest achievement of Tsitsipas in a major event was the fourth round of the 2018 Wimbledon. He went down to Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano.

Tsitsipas needed three hours and 15 minutes under the blazing sun to overcome the Spaniard in a four set clash at the Rod Laver arena. 

After winning the third set, Tsitsipas started well in the fourth set. However, Agut caught up with every game and leveled at 6-6. 

Tistsipas made no mistake to lead with 3-0 in the tiebreaker and went on to wrap up the show 7-2. He will play the winner between No 2 seed Rafael Nadal and 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe.