Fiery Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas said it is a “dream come true” after knocking defending champion Roger Federer out of the Australian Open in the fourth round on Sunday. The NextGen Finals winner stunned the world No 3, who is 17 years his senior, 6-7 (11-13) 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 7-6 (7/5) in the Rod Laver Arena. “That moment is definitely something that I will never, ever, ever forget,” said Tsitsipas.“This match point is going to stay, I’m pretty much sure, forever, for the rest of my life.“ Roger is a legend of our sport. I have so much respect for him. It’s a dream come true, my idol became my rival today.” Tsitsipas, who is seeded 14, became the first Greek in history to reach a Slam quarterfinals. “There’s nothing really I can say to describe this,” the 20-year-old added. “I’m the happiest man on earth right now.” The pair’s only previous meeting in the mixed team Hopman Cup recently was also a tight affair.Federer prevailed that day but was at a loss to explain how he created 12 ...

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