Stefanos Tsitsipas earned the biggest win of his young career on Sunday by beating defending champion Roger Federer 6-7(11), 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-6(5) in three hours and 45 minutes. The 20-year-old ended Federer’s 17-match winning streak at Melbourne Park to become the first Greek player in tennis history to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam. Tsitsipas produced the performance of his life with 62 winners to just 31 unforced errors. On the other hand, Federer failed to convert any of his 12 break points in the match.
Tsitsipas will face Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the Australian Open semifinals. Bautista Agut advanced to the last eight of a major for the first time in his career after a five-set win last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic on Margaret Court Arena. Roberto’s serve was the key to his victory, winning 68.75% of the points behind his second serve. The 30-year-old Spaniard faced just five break points in the entire match and converted 38.46% of his break points.
Regardless of this match’s outcome, one thing is certain: the Australian Open will have a new semifinalist. Tsitsipas is the slight favorite at -114 with Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers +110 for Bautista Agut to win this match. The young Greek will try to extend his winning streak in Melbourne but it won’t be easy for Stefanos to overcome such a tough competitor as Bautista Agut. Both players had demanding matches in the previous round but Tsitsipas will have a very difficult task to recover emotionally after such a big win. With this in mind, fading the Greek is an interesting approach for this contest, as well as taking the Over 3.5 Sets at -189 with Bet365.