Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches quarter-finals following gruelling five-set battle

The world No.4 twice battled back from a set down to eventually beat America's Taylor Fritz.

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas booked his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Monday morning, after a five-set battle with Taylor Fritz.

The world No.4 fell behind in the first set, and then again in the third after levelling the match in the second.

But, the 23-year-old responded well to win the final two sets, sealing a 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

Tsitsipas enjoyed a superb year in 2021, reaching the final of the French Open, while he also managed to reach the semi-finals of last year's Australian Open.

If he is to reach the semi-finals again, he'll first have to better Italy's Jannik Sinner on Wednesday, January 26, after the 11th seed reached the last eight for the first time in his career.

Following the match, it was clear Tsitsipas was feeling the effects of playing five sets, taking time to catch his breath inbetween comments.

"An epic match that's all I can say, I gave everything, I am very proud." said Tsitsipas.

"I am overwhelmed, too much, the stadium was on fire. It's too good to be true. I knew it was going to get physical.

"It was important to have the crowd with me, and I feel like they were backing me up when things got tough.

"It was important to have that ambiance, thank you. I am very tired, I can barely speak right now."

After undergoing surgery on his elbow in November, Tsitsipas looks back to his best and will be hoping to secure the first Grand Slam of his career this month.

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