Tsitsipas Beats Federer for Dream Win

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Roger Federer has been knocked out of the year’s Australian Open, beaten by a little known Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas  in four tight sets. Tsitsipas defeated  Federer 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6.

“I am the happiest man on Earth right now,” Tsitsipas said after the match. “Roger is a legend in our sport. I have so much respect for him he showed such good tennis. “I have idolised him since the age of six. It was a dream come true for me just to be on Rod Laver facing him and winning against him I cannot describe it.”

Federer acknowledged that he lost to a better player, saying ”  “I lost to a better player who was playing very well tonight. Hung in there, gave himself chances at some point, stayed calm. It’s not always easy,  especially for younger guys. Credit to him for taking
care of that.

Federer also saw himself in the Greek: “He has a one-handed backhand and I used to have long hair, too. Yeah, so maybe a little bit, sure. He has more of a continental grip than players nowadays. Sure, that’s a bit more my way than, let’s say Rafa”.

In other matches, Rafael Nadal was his ruthless best and easily beat Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6(4).

Women’s world number 15 Ashleigh Barty recorded an incredible 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 comeback victory in Melbourne over Maria Sharapova.  Sharapova tooks a somewhat controversial bathroom break between second and third set but didn’t help change the momentum in the match.

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Andy’s Reads – Monfils finds love and Tomics are angry with Hewitt

My weekend tennis reads:

John Tomic, father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, to sue Lleyton Hewitt over an incident that happenned nine years ago. (ESPN)

Belgian tennis match fixing enquiry is looking at over 100 individuals including players and coaches in 7 countries.  (Sports24)

Croatian Petra Martic’s wanted a few minutes to herself after her crushing loss to American No. 5 seed Sloane Stephens.  TV cameras were there. (NZ Herald)

Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils  are official (Eurosport)

Tennis players are fitter than ever.  It’s taking a toll. (Nine.com)

Jamie Murray suggests UK tennis failed to capitalise on brother’s decade at top. But funding is at the heart of the problem. (The Guardian)

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