Rafa lost the big one last night Pacific Time. He was gracious in defeat and was not even close to throwing a racket. I suspect pushing 35 and holing up in quarantine for two weeks did nothing for his fitness and he had to go five at the Aussie Open.
That aside, it was Tsitsipas’ right of passage as he closes in on Fed’s age when he became the force in tennis. It was his day and night in the Melbourne sun.
His improving defense, serve and movement were exceedingly effective in the key moments of play. He brought the goods.
“With a little bit of luck” in the lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, Tsitsipas’ semi against Medvedev should be equally engaging.