MELBOURNE — Stefanos Tsitsipas, quickly becoming the Greek god of tennis, ruined Roger Federer’s chance of winning a 21st Grand Slam trophy at this Australian Open.
The 20-year-old Tsitsipas, the youngest player still in contention in the men’s draw, handed two-time defending champion Roger Federer, at 37 the oldest man remaining, a 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5) defeat.
“There is nothing I can describe it to,” said the 14th-seeded Tsitsipas to the crowd after his win. “I’m the happiest man on earth right now.
“I actually from the very beginning to keep that mindset on the court, to believe in yourself and your capabilities on the court. Roger is a legend in our sport and I have so much respect for him. I idolized him since I was six and it was a dream for me to be on Rod Laver with him.”
Federer, who owns the most Grand Slam titles of any man in history, has not won a major since last year’s Australian Open. He didn’t play the French Open, failed to capitalize on a two-set lead over Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, and bowed out in the US Open fourth round.
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