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Greek sensation Tsitsipas into first Slam semi-final

Greek sensation Tsitsipas into first Slam semi-final

The tennis legend's declaration we were "watching the changing of the guard" as Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas eliminated Federer from the Australian Open on Sunday was met with a stern backhand from the Swiss champ.

In a scintillating contest on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night, 37-year-old Federer could not overcome his 20-year-old opponent who claimed a 6-7 (11-13) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-6 (7-5) victory to continue his magical run at Melbourne Park.

Bautista Agut, who survived five-setters against Cilic, Andy Murray and Australia's John Millman, was showing he could dictate points from both the baseline and the net against Tsitsipas and he wrapped up the second set without dropping serve.

For the 30-year-old Bautista Agut, who won the Doha warm-up event and was in his first quarter-final at this level, the wait for a maiden Grand Slam semi-final goes on.

"It feels like a fairytale nearly - I am just living the dream", said Tsitsipas. I felt like I had to win the second set.

He was left awaiting the victor of the match between Rafael Nadal and American outsider Frances Tiafoe.

In short, he was not unlike the Federer of the early 2000s who crashed through the game's titans with fearless abandon and condemned a 35-year-old Andre Agassi to defeat in the 2005 U.S. Open final. "I'm just living the dream, living what I've been working for", he said.

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"I know he plays quickly on his own serve but that's an extraordinary discrepancy and tells you everything about the relative ease in which they were holding serve". I also had the feeling it was not necessary to have a long break.

Greek fans have not been lacking from games featuring Tsitsipas, and the player has admitted that the support has meant a lot to him.

Federer has not played at Roland Garros for four years, missing the 2016 event due to injury and opting to skip the clay-court season in each of the last two seasons.

The last time the players met here in 2015, Berdych beat the Spaniard in straight sets to end a 17-match losing streak against Nadal.

Bautista Agut saved one match point in the 12th game of the fourth set after a thrilling 23-shot rally, but he was outclassed in the ensuing tiebreak. He succeeded to stay calm after a little Dimitrov's comeback. "It's not always easy, especially for younger guys".

"But it definitely didn't go the way I was hoping on the break points. Credit to him for taking care of that".


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