Record-holder Roger Federer waved to the next disappointment in a Grand-Slam tournament once again bravely into the audience and lifted the thumb. With the eighth-finals at the Australian Open, the Champion of the past two years, witnessed once again a bitter evening on the big stage and can tournaments, his record of 20 titles in the top four in Melbourne not to expand. The 37-year-old veteran was defeated in a duel of Tennis generations, the 20-year-old Greeks Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday 7:6 (13:11), 6:7 (3:7), 5:7, 6:7 (5:7).
“I lost against a better player who has played very well,” Federer said approvingly, and praised the young star for his calm in critical situations. Say “prison” called the German men’s-Tennis-in-chief Boris Becker its appearance.
“I’m the happiest man on earth. There is nothing to describe it,“ said Tsitsipas stirred, after he had beaten his Idol. “It was a dream for me to play against him in the Rod Laver Arena,” said the Youngster with the flowing long hair in an Interview with John McEnroe. The former number one said to the audience: “you have seen the changing of the guard.” Federer said spitz: “This is a story I’ve heard in the last ten years.”
With a seventh Triumph in Australia would become Federer the sole record winner of the tournament. The dethroned title holder was last stayed in the previous September in the second round of the US Open, surprisingly, the Australian underdog John Millman to hang. In Wimbledon he failed before in the quarter-finals at the South African Kevin Anderson.
Against Tsitsipas of the Basel not had enough chances to decide the second set, recovered but ten break balls. Four of them were even a set of balls. “I need to win the second set. That cost me the Match,“ said Federer.
young star Tsitsipas, who reached as the first Greek to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, took advantage in the third set of the first two possibilities, Federer, whose serve for the 2:1 Set lead to lose weight. Many in Melbourne living in the country, people celebrated on the plant, as the world ranking lists-15. after 3:45 hours for the narrow defeat a few weeks ago at the Hopman Cup returned the favor. So Federer must also to its a total of 100. The tournament victory to wait.
In the Rod Laver Arena he had given his two decades of illustrious career two years ago in the Mature athlete age again unexpected momentum. With the title in a time not expected, highly exciting and eventful final against Rafael Nadal has entered Federer once again at the top. It was the eighth Triumph at Wimbledon and the defence of his title at the Australian Open followed. The French Open, he had omitted last, in order to focus on Wimbledon, this year he wanted to play again on the Sand, he announced now.