Stefanos Tsitsipas has dumped Rafael Nadal out of the Australian Open with a sensational comeback win in the quarter-final.
The Greek ace looked down and out when he was comprehensively overpowered in the opening two sets of the match.
At that point, the win looked a mere formality for Nadal, but Tsitsipas had other ideas, producing a comeback for the ages to claim a 3-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 7-5 win.
“I am speechless,” Stefanos Tsitsipas said after downing Rafael Nadal. “I have no words.
“My tennis speaks out for itself. It is an unbelievable feeling to be able to fight at such a level.
“Today’s performance was… is started nervous. I don’t know what happened after the third set. I flew like a little bird. Indescribable”
“Holding me nerve is a very important element. I would also give a big part of my win to being able to be consistent with my mood and staying calm.
“I have been working on keeping everything to myself. It’s something I am really happy with, and the attitude I had out on the court.”
Tssitsipas is the youngest player ranked in the top 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and has a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history.
He was the champion at the 2019 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years. He has won five singles titles and reached ten finals on the ATP Tour.
He has also reached two Grand Slam semi-finals — at the 2019 Australian Open and the 2020 French Open.