Australian Open: Milestones beckon Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas | Tennis News
MELBOURNE: Stefanos Tsitsipas participated in an on-field interview with Jim Courier after the third seed sent the Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 for the first time Australian Open final.
The interaction ended somewhat abruptly when Tsitsipas, talking about going for the first time Grand Slam 1 title and world ranking, turning to the whole house seems to be a sea of blue and white. “Let’s do it, guys,” the Greek urged fans at Rod Laver Arena“Let’s go!”
Rampant Djokovic meets Tsitsipas in Australian Open final
The stands covered with Greek flags responded 6’4” Tsitsipas with a seriousness that turned the majestic site into a fortress. Melbourne has a Greek community of around 400,000 people, the largest Greek-speaking community outside of Greece, so much so that Tsitsipas considers it his ‘hometown’
In Sunday’s final, the third seed will play Novak Djokovicwho is looking for a 10th title at Melbourne Park and a 22nd Grand Slam title equalizing the record. Djokovicmomentarily distracted by a collision with the umpire as he was starting the clock, was twice broken by his unseeded American opponent tommy paul leveled 5 all in the first set of the second semi-final.
The Serb then came back to win 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final here for the 10th time. The long-haired Greek tennis player said the number 1 position was his childhood dream.
“I’m very happy that this opportunity (first major title and No.1) came here in Australia and nowhere else, because it’s a meaningful place,” said Tsitsipas.
The 24-year-old, fouled on timing and footwork, quickly regrouped, refusing to give up the game.
“I’m playing great tennis. I’m enjoying myself. I don’t see any downside or negative in what I’m trying to do out there,” he said. “Even if it doesn’t work out, I’m still very optimistic and positive about any outcome, any opponent I face. This is what I’m missing in my game. I’m real. belief in what I can create. I strive for it every day.”
The title match, the duo’s 13th meeting, saw Djokovic leading 10-2, including three consecutive wins after the 35-year-old came back from two sets of losses in the French Open final. wide 2021 .
It’s still a while before the men’s belt fight, but the wits have begun. Tsitsipas is serious when he says he has no recollection of the incident. rolandgarros clash of two years ago, he appeared in a major final for the first time.
“I won the match, my memory of it is very positive, it was the first time I’ve come back from two sets,” Djokovic said in the on-court interview.