Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘lucky’ not to be disqualified like Djokovic after Aus Open outburst | Tennis | Sport

Stefanos Tsitsipas narrowly avoided remaining defaulted from the Australian Open up as he smashed a ball in disappointment and just missed hitting a ballkid. The globe No 4 superior to the semi-closing in three sets on Tuesday but was instructed that he was “blessed” not to undergo the exact same fate Novak Djokovic did for unintentionally striking a linesperson at the 2020 US Open up.

Tsitsipas booked a spot in his fourth vocation semi-last at the Australian Open on Tuesday, downing shock quarter-finalist Jiri Lehecka 6-3 7-6(2) 6-4 in two hrs and 17 minutes. The environment No 71 – who was liable for ousting the likes of Felix Auger-Aliassime – was capable to frustrate Tsitsipas at periods but was damaged in the crucual times to get rid of in straight sets.

And the 3rd seed’s stress pretty much received the better of him in the ultimate set, as he smashed a ball to the back of the courtroom in frustration with the Czech star serving at 3-4 down and narrowly avoided hitting one of the ballkids. Cameras didn’t to begin with decide on up on the minute, but Jim Courier was rapid to recognize what happened in commentary for host broadcaster Channel 9.

“I’m not sure if we’re gonna get a replay of it Tsitsipas just got genuinely lucky,” he reported. “He swings in anger and it approximately hits the ball child.” 

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