Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his third Australian Open semifinal with a dominant 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Italy’s Jannik Sinner. The Greek improves to 4-0 in the Grand Slam quarter-finals and could get a rematch from last year’s Aussie Open semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, if the Russian beats Felix Auger-Aliassime later on Wednesday.
After surviving an up-and-down five-setter against US No. 1 Taylor Fritz, the world’s No. 4 maintained an elite level throughout the two-hour, five-minute match at the Rod Laver Arena. Tsitsipas, who won all four of his breakpoints, dealt his damage early in each set. On serve, he was only pushed as far as deuce once and never saw a break point.
“Jannik is a very good player. So I tried to focus on my best shots and it paid off more than I thought,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview. “I’m very, very happy with the way I served today and the way I came in and used my tactics in today’s game structure, the crowd support is just incredible.”
With huge support from the crowd, Tsitsipas stunned the Italian with a blazing start, looking explosive in his lateral move and from his favorite forehand wing. After holding 0/30 in the opening game, he broke from 40/15 on Sinner’s serve and immediately built a 3-0 tie.
Sinner won 11 straight runs on service from then on, but Tsitsipas protected his own throw and claimed an efficient opening set in 36 minutes.
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The Greek’s aggressive stance was again rewarded with an early break in set two. He kept tight to the baseline, winning 14 and 16 ball rallies and hitting the line with a down-the-line backhand winner to take full command.
Heavy rain gave Sinner a welcome respite, necessitating a 20-minute delay as the roof closed and the court dried. But just like in the opening set, both men held the serve comfortably, while Tsitsipas narrowed to a two-set lead.
“It’s part of the game,” Tsitsipas said when closing the roof. “From the start of the match I knew I was going in the right direction with the game I was able to create. Conditions changed when the roof was closed, a little faster. I tried to adapt to these new circumstances and it just worked.”
A stunning backhand pass provided another early break as set three followed the established scoring pattern. After Tsitsipas lasered that down-the-line winner out of a swinging volley from Sinner, Tsitsipas made it three-on-three at breakpoints when an unforced error of the eleventh series ended an eight-ball rally. After Tsitsipas fought his way through twos for the only time in the match to hold on to 3-1, another break extinguished any hope of Sinner’s comeback.
Tsitsipas is now waiting for the winner of the match between Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime – the opening match of the night in Laver. In the opposing men’s semi-final, Rafael Nadal will face Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, with both matches scheduled for Friday in Melbourne.