Roger Federer (ATP 3) will the Australian Open third time in a row to win. The 37-year-old Swiss lost Sunday in the fourth round (eighth-finals) of the 20-year-old Greek talent Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 15).
After 3 hours and 45 minutes was the fourteenth seed in the 6-7 (11/13), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 and 7-6 (7/5) stuntzege in the Rod Laver Arena bite.
“I have no words for. I am the happiest man in the world at this time,” said an emotional Tsitsipas in a first reaction. “Roger is a legend, I have so much respect for him. It is a childhood dream to be on Rod Laver to play him. Still win, that makes me speechless.”
In the quarter finals takes Tsitsipas against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (ATP 24). Who switched on the Croatian Marin Cilic (ATP 7) in five sets.
Federer and Cilic have played last year the final in Melbourne. The Swiss took it then after a vijfsetter and extended as his title in Melbourne. Federer picked up the victory in Australia for the first time in 2004. After that, he was also the best in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Stefanos Tsitsipas state for the first time in the quarterfinals of a grand slam. A fourth round last year at Wimbledon was his best result so far. In Melbourne the Greeks for the second time on the main table. Last year he went in the opening round against the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.