Stefanos Tsitsipas fought his way into the final at the Australian Open
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Tennis pro Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
In his semi-final match, the Greek defeated the Russian Karen Khachanov 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 4, 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 3 and is thus in a Grand Slam for the second time in his career. Final.
There the French Open finalist from 2021 will meet the winner of the second semi-final between tournament favorite Novak Djoković from Serbia and the American Tommy Paul on Sunday, who will then face each other (9.30 a.m. / Eurosport) in the Rod Laver Arena.
Djoković was Tsitsipas' final opponent in Paris two years ago, when the Serb won after five sets.
Childhood dream comes true
»As a child, I dreamed of being in the final here.
I feel blessed to play tennis at this level," said Tsitsipas: "I'm fighting for a Grand Slam victory and number one in the world rankings.
I worked hard for these moments.«
At 24 years and 170 days, Tsitsipas is the youngest male finalist at the Australian Open in 12 years.
The Olympic silver medalist Chatschanow had to fend off two match points in the third set and, on the other hand, his first final in a major tournament.