Australian Open: Roger Federer Beaten By Young Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Australian Open: Roger Federer Beaten By Young Stefanos Tsitsipas

Australian Open: Roger Federer Beaten By Young Stefanos Tsitsipas: Young Stefanos Tsitsipas signalled a changing of the guard at the top of world tennis as he shocked defending champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open fourth round Sunday.

The NextGen Finals champion beat Federer, who is 17 years his senior, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 on Rod Laver Arena.

Tsitsipas, seeded 14, became the first Greek in history to reach the quarter-finals of a Slam where he will meet Spain’s 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

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“There’s nothing really I can say to describe this,” the 20-year-old said. “I’m the happiest man on earth right now.”The pair’s only previous meeting in the mixed team Hopman Cup earlier this month was a tight affair where Federer had won courtesy of two tiebreaks.

So there was little surprise when the first set also went to 6-6 and a decider.

It ended on a controversial note when a fan jumped the gun and shouted “out” on a Tsitsipas forehand with Federer 12-11 ahead.

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The call distracted Tsitsipas, who mis-hit his next forehand and Federer put it away.

The second saw Federer constantly pressure the Greek’s serve but each time the energetic Tsitsipas resisted.

By the time the second set reached the tiebreak the gutsy Greek had already repelled 10 break points.

This time, however, Tsitsipas quickly took two points against Federer’s serve and levelled the match after just over two hours.

At 4-5 in the third, Tsitsipas forced his first two break points of the entire match but Federer weathered that storm.

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