Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tsitsipas dances into Australian Open semis with Sinner thrashing

After a phenomenal performance against Jannik Sinner on Wednesday, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas feels as though he is in the zone to produce something special at the 2022 Australian Open.
The fourth seed credited his 6-3 6-4 6-2 defeat of the Italian in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena to adopting a more humble approach to tennis after some setbacks.
Injuries, including the elbow problem that threatened his participation in Melbourne this year, and difficult defeats had taught him the importance of remaining grounded.
His tennis in the quarter-final was not perfect, but he did manage to leave a rival tipped to be a future Grand Slam winner helpless at times. Tsitsipas served particularly well, which enabled him to dictate a majority of points with his powerful forehand.
He also made his mark early in each set with a service break, converting all four opportunities on the Sinner serve while never troubled on his own delivery. Tsitsipas is hoping it will be third time lucky for him in an Australian Open semi-final.
After defeating Roger Federer on the way to a semi-final in 2019, he found Rafael Nadal too strong.
Last February he defeated Nadal in the quarter-finals after dropping the first two sets, but was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in his next match. After becoming the first Greek to reach the final of a Grand Slam at Roland Garros, where he fell to Novak Djokovic, Tsitsipas struggled for his best form for the remainder of 2021.
Medvedev down Auger-Aliassime in 5-set thriller
Top seed Daniil Medvedev battled back from two sets down and saved a match point against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 victory on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Russian had his back firmly up against the wall for much of an absorbing contest as Auger-Aliassime produced some stunning tennis on Rod Laver Arena. He set up a Friday semi-final against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.