Stefanos Tsitsipas (Getty Images)
Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was ‘in the zone’ after producing his best game of the tournament to demolish Jannik Sinner and rushes into his third Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday.
The fourth-seeded Greek was at his best to beat the 11th-seeded Italian 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in 2h 6min and in the semi-final against Daniil Medvedev or Felix Auger-Aliassime.
It was a most impressive performance from the world number four who took control of the quarter-final on Rod Laver Arena with a break in Sinner’s opening service game and did not give up his firm grip.
Tsitsipas said his tennis was “much better” than his previous four matches at the first major of the year.
“It was the most consistent and best match I had in the tournament,” said Tsitsipas.
“I feel like I’m in the zone. I don’t intend to get out of it. It’s part of my game.
“I was really motivated to get the most out of my game today and tried to raise my level as high as possible.”
Even a rain break that forced the stadium’s retractable roof to be closed and changed the match conditions early in the second set couldn’t derail Tsitsipas’ momentum.
Tsitsipas also revealed his doctor warned him he would not be recovered in time from surgery on his right elbow late last year to play in Melbourne.
“Dr. Frank talked about the experience he had with other players he treated and he was surprised that my healing process was faster than he expected,” he said. he declared.
Last year’s French Open runner-up regained his fluidity and timing and hit the ball majestically, winning 30 – 17 on his forehand – and breaking Sinner’s serve four times.
Sinner, ranked among the hottest young talents on the men’s tour, got no break points in any of Tsitsipas’ 14 service games and was blown away.
Tsitsipas broke immediately when the Italian overshot a forehand and served hard to take the opening set on 36 minutes.
The Greek took another break in the third game of the second set before rain brought play to a halt and forced the stadium roof to close with more threatening weather forecasts.
He was relentless and fought his way to a double break in the third set which gave Sinner no way out.
Tsitsipas has already reached the semi-finals twice in Melbourne and became the first Greek player to reach a major final when he lost a two-set lead to Novak Djokovic at the French Open last year.
“He served better,” Sinner said. “He moved the ball better than me. He was moving better than me.
“It’s difficult to play against him when especially he plays like that.”
Results from day 10 of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne Park on Wednesday:
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x4) vs Jannik Sinner (ITA x11) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Danielle Collins (USA x27) against Alize Cornet (FRA) 7-5, 6-1
Iga Swiatek (POL x7) against Kaia Kanepi (EST) 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3