Federer Suggests He'll Play French Open For First Time 2015

Federer Suggests He'll Play French Open For First Time 2015

Stefanos Tsitsipas was the "happiest man on earth" after dethroning Roger Federer with a sensational Australian Open victory to reach his first grand slam quarter-final.

Football and swimming were also keen interests to a young Tsitsipas.

"Roger is a legend of our sport. Of course, he has a lot of time to improve, a lot of time to get enough experience to be in the finals of these tournaments", the Spanish world number 24 told reporters of Tsitsipas.

"It's very emotional for me to be back in the semi-final in Melbourne", Nadal said on court after the win in one hour and 47 minutes. He showed such good tennis over the years.

He enjoyed a breakthrough 2018 and has built on that superbly here, showing his talent and belief in a 7-5 7-6 (6) 6-7 (1) 7-5 victory that featured no end of tight moments.

"I have massive regrets, you know, tonight".

"When I started the year they asked me what are my goals this year and I said "semi, of a grand slam", and I thought when I was answering this question I thought I was insane".

Unseeded Tiafoe, 21, had shocked fifth seed Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov, seeded 20, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion proved too formidable for the popular American in his first major quarter-final.

The Swiss legend also praised Tsitsipas for his play and commitment to tennis - and the 20-time grand slam victor chooses his words carefully.

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

Nadal saved the only two break points he faced and broke Tiafoe the first time he served in each set. Like the inside-out forehand he hit to set up two set points in the 12th game of the first set.

The Greek did not make the same mistake in the tie-break, stepping forward and going for his shots, and clinched the win on his second match point.

"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.

Czech eighth seed Kvitova goes into her clash with Barty having won all nine of her matches this year, including a three-set win over the Australian in the final of the Sydney International warm-up tournament.

"There is always multiple factors that play into a match like this", he added.

In typical style, Tiafoe took off his T-shirt, flexed his right bicep and waved to the crowd.

Playing only his second Australian Open, Tsitsipas had ridden a wave of confidence while ousting Federer.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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