Australian Open 2019 witnessed an exciting battle unfold when Stefanos Tsitsipas eliminated Roger Federer in Round 4 to reach the Quarter Final. The 20-year-old Greek player defeated the defending Champion by 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Tournament favourite Federer was in his quest for the 100th single’s title when he encountered a fierce opponent in Tsitsipas. Although the former picked the first set win, Tsitsipas seemed nowhere close to backing down. He drew a lot of attention towards himself ever since his arrival in Tennis but the manner in which he fought back against World No. 3 in today’s match justifies the entire hype around the young player.
It was not about tactical superiority at the Melbourne Park today. Federer’s well-known forehand shots looked deadly as ever. However, Tsitsipas was on-spot in his judgement and had a strong reply everytime. In fact, it was his serves that kept the crowd on its feet. Now wonder he delivered 20 aces throughout the match.
This match was not about the experience either. Federer was in a great form and built his momentum several times. Tsitsipas, on the other hand, was careful to not allow his opponent to have a long period of dominance. By the third set, he had already established that he was there to fight.
It all boiled down to one simple word — determination. It was indeed commendable to watch Tsitsipas defend so well against his idol. Not only that, he also managed to outlast the defending champion in the highly strung affair. The atmosphere was electric when the spectators rose to acknowledge the incredible display of sport that they had just seen.
Even Federer applauded his opponent during the former’s post-match interview. Crediting Tsitsipas and his determination, Federer hailed him as the ‘better player’.
After a brilliant win, Tsitsipas has cruised his way to the quarter-final where he will meet Roberto Bautista Agut on 22nd January.