Rafael Nadal vs Frances Tiafoe, Australian Open 2019

May JohnsonJan 23, 2019

Tsitsipas will face the victor of Tuesday's other quarterfinal - either 17-time grand slam champ Rafael Nadal or his fellow "Next Gen" star Frances Tiafoe - in the semifinals.

With the tension levels creeping up and up during a dramatic game, Tsitsipas had three set-point opportunities, but could not take them and it was Federer who pounced, taking advantage when his opponent appeared to be put off by a shout from the crowd.

"I don't have his body", Nadal said with a laugh.

"I've had some trouble at this event all my career so I am very happy with the way I played tonight", Nadal said.

Fighting back tears, he said: "It means the world".

'I did not know he would come to the stadium!' Federer added. "He's a very dynamic player, aggressive one". He sat out the 2018 French Open and suffered defeats at Wimbledon (quarterfinals) and the U.S. Open (fourth round). His season also ended early with ankle surgery and an abdominal injury.

A fourth attritional set ensued until at 5-5 Tiafoe, who played in the recent mixed teams Hopman Cup with Serena Williams, secured the decisive break and served out to set up the last-eight clash with Nadal on Tuesday.

He was down a break in both the first and third sets before turning them around against Bautista Agut, whose run to the quarterfinals included victories over Andy Murray, a three-time major champion, and Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and the runner-up to Federer at Melbourne Park a year ago.

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"I know that if I keep fighting and keep pushing myself more and more, I'll get more chances".

"I don´t see (the clock) when we change over and I don´t see now", Berdych moaned, failing to realise that all the electronic boards on the centre court had failed.

An inspired Stefanos Tsitsipas roared back from a set down to end Roger Federer's reign as Australian Open champion and reach his first grand slam quarter-final.

However he performs, it has been a breakthrough week for Tiafoe, who will hopefully have a huge future ahead of him in the game.

In these previous head-to-head matches, Nishikori has really struggled on serve against the Djokovic return game, holding around the 65% mark, and a repeat of these historical issues would give him an absolute mountain to climb to get the win tomorrow morning.

"It's going to be interesting", Tsitsipas said about his matchup against Nadal. It's not always easy, especially for younger guys.

With thousands of Greek-Australian fans cheering him on from the stands at Rod Laver Arena and outside on Garden Square, Tsitsipas downed the Spaniard 7-5 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2), becoming the first Greek player - male or female - to reach the last four at a major.

"I need some time to answer".

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