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Stefanos Tsitsipas Cruises Through to His Third Australian Open Semifinal

Stefanos Tsitsipas Australian OpenStefanos Tsitsipas eyes a place in the final of the Australian Open. Credit: Instagram/Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas put a flawless performance to defeat Italian Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday and advance to his third Australian Open semifinal.

The Greek champion improves could face a rematch of last year’s Aussie Open semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, if the Russian beats Felix Auger-Aliassime later on Wednesday.

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“Jannik is a very good player. So I tried to focus on my best shots and it paid off more than I thought,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview. “I am very, very happy with the way I served today and the way I came in and used my tactics in today’s match structure. Having the crowd support is truly unbelievable.”

Heavy rain forced a 20-minute delay as the roof was closed and the court dried.

“It is part of the game,” Tsitsipas said on the roof closing. “I knew I was heading towards the right direction with the game I managed to create from the start of the match. The conditions changed when the roof was closed, slightly faster. I tried to adapt to these new conditions and it just worked.”

Tsitsipas will now await the winner of the match between Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime—the night-session opener in Laver. The opposite men’s semi-final will see sixth seed Rafael Nadal take on Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, with both matches scheduled for Friday in Melbourne.

Tsitsipas hopes to go a step further in Australian Open this year

Tsitsipas hopes to go better than his previous performance at the Australian Open where he reached the semi-finals in 2021.

Tsitsipas started his 2021 Australian Open campaign with a comfortable straight sets win over Gilles Simon, before surviving a five-set thriller with Thanasi Kokkinakis.

He then beat Mikael Ymer in straight sets before being given over a walkover by an injured Matteo Berrettini.

In the quarterfinals, Tsitsipas became only the second player along with Fabio Fognini at the 2015 US Open to beat Rafael Nadal in a grand slam match from two sets to love down.

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