The 1st of two players confirmed for the 2nd semi-final spot goes to Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, he just defeated 11th seed Italian Jannik Sinner in straight sets (3-6, 4-6, 2-6) at Rod Laver Arena.
Sinner left Melbourne Park with his highest result so far at the Australian Open in the Final 8, he made up some lost time and won back some games as Sinner doesn’t take Tsitsipas lightly with plenty of tough duels. However, a poor start combined with a huge gap behind Tsitsipas left Sinner no time to execute & stay in contention, when he couldn’t level 1-1 after the 2nd set before he was quickly eliminated. He’s 20 years old though so Sinner has time to improve & win a Grand Slam in the future, having defeated fellow future champion Alex De Minaur prior to the Quarter-Final two days ago in the 4th Round.
And speaking of next-generation Grand Slam stars & champions, Tsitsipas is through to the Australian Open semis once again which will be his third occasion & Melbournians do love him. He simply was unbelievable where he built that early headstart, extended his lead as this tie goes while he overcame a series of competitive battles before Tsitsipas comfortably found the homestretch in just over two hours.
All eyes on the 4th and last Quarter-Final tie with Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime v Daniil Medvedev from Russia, where one of them will race towards that 2nd and final semi-final ticket v Tsitsipas on Friday night.