Stefanos Tsitsipas secret weapon in Australian Open campaign

The acquainted environment of Melbourne are offering a degree of consolation which might propel Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas to a grand slam breakthrough on the Australian Open – which he calls his “house slam”.

A fourth semi-final berth within the final 5 years awaits ought to the world quantity three conquer unseeded Czech Jiri Lehecka, who has by no means beforehand been previous the primary spherical at a grand slam, of their quarter-final showdown on Tuesday.

Tsitsipas received his approach to the ultimate eight with a hard-fought, five-set win over Italy‘s Jannik Sinner and stays the highest-seeded participant within the males’s draw and on a path to his first closing at Melbourne Park.

However whereas the 24-year-old’s tennis has been elite all through the event to date, Tsitsipas revealed simply how a lot consolation he felt, with the circumstances, the town and the folks in Melbourne and the way becoming it could be to take out his first grand slam title there.

“I grew up in a local weather that’s similar to the place I come from in southwestern Attica. It at all times jogs my memory of house just a little bit once I’m right here,” he mentioned after his victory.

“The circumstances are related. It’s not very humid, it’s not very tropical. I can say it’s much like the Athenian Riviera. Another excuse, one other plus is wherever I look, I see Greek faces, I see Greek folks talking Greek.

“In fact, it’s essential if you’re far-off from house to have that form of feeling, to attach much more with the tradition that you simply’re at. It feels very welcoming if you’re capable of stroll round and really feel that.

“It’s for positive my house slam; I’d think about that, sure, ‘trigger Melbourne is the second-biggest metropolis after Athens with the most important Greek inhabitants. I’d think about it my house slam.

“The French folks have Roland Garros, the Brits have Wimbledon, the People have the US Open. For me it’s the Australian Open.”

Regardless of being the very best remaining seed within the males’s draw, and a $1.14 favorite to take down Lehecka to maintain his event alive, Tsitsipas mentioned he wasn’t feeling any additional stress.

“No, no. I play my recreation. Titles come if I play good. That takes care of itself, I feel,” he mentioned.

“When you‘re capable of play the most effective you may produce on the court docket, I really feel like the remaining simply follows naturally. It’s a pure circulation of issues. Placing stress on your self … we’re all coping with stress once we‘re enjoying.

“For us, we’re on the market on a unique race each single time, a race with completely different circumstances, a race with a unique participant by our aspect. That, I feel, is one thing that the majority gamers are centered at.

“You need to keep current, in any other case in case your thoughts wanders round, creates form of eventualities, conditions, that’s not likely how one can play and peak in your efficiency.”

Initially revealed as Stefanos Tsitsipas’ marketing campaign fuelled by feeling at house