Tsitsipas recently was asked what his goal was for this season. The reply: reaching the semifinals at a major. Well, we’re all of three weeks into 2019 and that box is checked.
So is he satisfied?
“That’s like the starting point to go deeper,” Tsitsipas replied. “That’s like the minimum, I would call it.”
No man as young as Tsitsipas had been this far at any Grand Slam tournament since Novak Djokovic at the 2007 U.S. Open or at the Australian Open since Andy Roddick in 2003.
“It all feels like a fairy tale, almost. I’m just living the dream, living what I’ve been working hard for,” said Tsitsipas, who dropped his racket, fell on his back and covered his face with his hands at match’s end. “I mean, I feel a bit emotional but not too much because I know I worked hard to get here.”
Seated in his courtside guest box were his parents — his father is his coach; his mother was a tennis player in the Soviet Union — and two siblings, along with Patrick Mouratoglou, who coaches Serena Williams and serves as a mentor to Tsitsipas.
Before introducing them, and other members of his entourage, to the audience during his post-match interview, Tsitsipas discussed his love of “cinematography, filmmaking, photography” and the way the YouTube videos he began making last year serve as a creative outlet.
Later, at his news conference, Tsitsipas expanded on what he gains from his hobby.
“When I’m desperate sometimes, when I feel down, I do these videos. I actually feel better,” he said. “It makes me realize that tennis is not the most important thing in life, that we all have some other talents that we don’t know about. It kind of makes me more relaxed.”