Australian Open: Tsitsipas dethrones Federer


Young Stefanos Tsitsipas signalled a changing of the guard at the top of world tennis as he shocked defending champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open fourth round today. So much respect for him. He showed such good tennis over the years.

"I'm the happiest man on earth", said Tsitsipas after the game and he also added that he went onto the court with a positive mindset and believed he could win from the start. "Being on Rod Laver Arena and also playing's a dream come true". "I felt like I have to win the second set", he said.

"There's nothing I can describe it to", he said during the post-match interview.

He let all 12 break points he grabbed from the Greek go unconverted and blew four set points that would have given him a two-set lead. "Most of the players in this era are baseliners and I really like this aggressive game, coming to the net it keeps the game alive and keeps it interesting", Tsitsipas said. It's not always easy, especially for younger guys.

All of 17, never the victor of a Grand Slam match until this week, Amanda Anisimova is making quite a first impression at the Australian Open.

However, Federer has recently defeated Tsitsipas in the Hopman Cup 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3).

Tsitsipas may be set for even bigger prizes, with a semi-final on offer should he beat 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

His soft hands serve him well on volleys, and he is that rare man who will press forward as often as Federer and have almost as much success.

Fritz settled in during the second set, only for errors to prove costly in the 11th game, Federer clinching a break with a forehand victor.

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And as is often the case when a youngster outdoes an old master, there was a buzz about whether this might signal something more meaningful. The 20-time slam victor took time out to get a picture clicked with Kohli and his partner Anushka Sharma on the sidelines of the tournament. Federer is the obvious favorite to win this match.

The set would be decided by another tie-break, and Federer showed he was not finished quite yet with a brilliant running forehand victor to make it 2-2. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal meets Tomas Berdych, Petra Kvitova faces 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, while Maria Sharapova and local hope Ash Barty clash on Rod Laver Arena.

He had been poised to become the oldest man to reach the quarter-finals here since Ken "Muscles" Rosewell.

Roger Federer says he plans to play the clay-court season after skipping it for two successive years, admitting he has "missed not doing it".

I see him definitely being high up in the game for a long time.

. Although he met Federer, he watched Novak Djokovic in action as the Serb defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to enter the fourth round.

In typical style, Tiafoe took off his T-shirt, flexed his right bicep and waved to the crowd.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.