Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas prevailed over Karen Khachanov on four sets to book a place in the final of the Australian Open.
The Greek champion won the match 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
A sizzling semifinal ends in Greek glory 🇬🇷 @steftsitsipas overcomes a valiant Karen Khachanov to reach his first #AusOpen final.
It ends 7-6(2) 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 👏#AO2023 pic.twitter.com/jsik2uaovL
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2023
Tsitsipas had been 0-3 in semifinals at Melbourne Park, but he finally went a step further to get to the second Grand Slam championship match of his career.
It looked easy for the better part of three sets against Khachanov, but Tsitsipas got broken when serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, then failed to convert either chance to end it when he went up 6-4 in the ensuing tiebreaker.
Khachanov collected four consecutive points there, erasing the match points with a pair of booming forehands. Tsitsipas, though, regained his footing quickly, grabbing a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
Incredible defense from Tsitsipas. But you can’t really lose this point at 4-4 15-30. Match most likely finished here. pic.twitter.com/rZ5L62xgXb
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 27, 2023
Now Tsitsipas will face Novak Djokovic or unseeded American Tommy Paul in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
The win keeps alive Tsitsipas’ hopes of reaching No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time after the Australian Open.
Tsitsipas has gotten to the semifinals of the Australian Open three times
Just like fourth-seed and nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, the Greek can leapfrog Carlos Alcaraz into top spot by lifting the trophy at the opening Grand Slam of the year.
Tsitsipas has played in just one Grand Slam final at the 2021 French Open, which he lost to Rafael Nadal. He has gotten to the semifinals of the Australian Open three times.
Tsitsipas has been ranked as high as world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He first achieved this on August 9, 2021, making him the highest-ranked Greek player in history alongside Maria Sakkari.
Lastly, he was proclaimed champion of the 2019 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest winner of the year-end championships in eighteen years.
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