Stefanos Tsitsipas news: Greek ‘very proud’ after booking Australian Open quarter-final spot with ‘epic’ win
World No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas held off a fighting Taylor Fritz to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals at Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
The two-time Australian Open semi-finalist defeated the world No 20 after he trailled two sets to one before he recovered to beat the American 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and 23 minutes to secure his third quarter-final appearance at Melbourne Park.
The Greek set up a clash with Jannik Sinner on Wednesday, the Italian defeated Alex de Minaur 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The 23-year-old, who had surgery on his right elbow in November, showed no signs of injury as he came from behind to overcome Fritz.
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“An epic match, that is what I can say, I give everything out on the court today. I am very proud of myself, the way I fought,” Tsitsipas told Channel Nine post-match.
“The way I stayed consistent in the moments that were very close and crucial. I am overwhelmed. Just too much. The stadium was on fire.
“I knew it was going to get physical and I kept reminding myself to get in there and do the work, don’t give up, give it a little bit more patience and in the end it paid off.”
Tsitsipas added: “I knew it was going to get physical and I kept reminding myself to get in there and do the work, don’t give up, give it a little bit more patience and in the end it paid off.”
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