Stefanos Tsitsipas’ nod to Rod Laver in on-court interview, win over Jannik Sinner

While Novak Djokovic, whose fourth-round match against Australia’s Alex de Minaur on Monday, is the lone man left with a Grand Slam title — and he’s got 21 of them, nine at Melbourne Park — Stefanos Tsitsipas is the only other past major finalist still around.

The No.3 seed beat No.15 Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 in exactly four hours.

He was the runner-up to Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2021 and has reached the semifinals in Australia three times.

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Tsitsipas, a 24-year-old from Greece, looked terrific against Sinner for two sets Sunday night, something less than terrific for two sets, then surged to victory by breaking to lead 4-2 in the fifth.

“Stayed really calm, just like Mr. Rod Laver used to do in his day,” Tsitsipas said, as he looked up to the Australian tennis legend, who was watching on from the stands.

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The next opponent will be Czech underdog Jiri Lehecka, who upset No.6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier on day seven.

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Lehecka began the tournament by eliminating No.21 seed Borna Coric. He beat a wildcard in round two, then shocked No.11 seed Cameron Norrie in a round three five-set epic.

“He’s been playing really good, and rising in the rankings,” Auger-Aliassime said of his opponent afterwards.

“I remember seeing him last year around same time in Rotterdam. He made the semi-finals, and he was playing really well. I’m sure we will see a lot of him in the future.”

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