Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has admitted he
was was not mentally ready after Rafael Nadal trashed him in his first Australian Open semi-final.
14th seed Tsitsipas, who beat Roger Federer in the forth-round lost 6-2 6-4 6-0 to the 2nd seed Spaniard in one hour and 46 minutes.
“I would say I was mentally not in the match so much. I felt kind of empty in my brain, which is strange, because I never feel like this when I’m in the match.
“I really wanted badly to wake up. I felt like my reaction time was very slow. I’m trying to understand what was going wrong today.”
He added: “I hope it doesn’t happen again. I really hope it doesn’t. It’s nice to have wins against these kinds of players, top four.
“I mean, it’s not that I don’t want it. I really want it badly. But I’ve got to want it a bit more than I want it at the moment.
“I had good matches. But I am really disappointed today because, again, I feel like I could get closure and prove myself a little bit more, not let him dominate the entire match. Just felt wrong.”
The Spaniard cracked 28 winners, breaking Tsitsipas’ serve six times and only facing one break point himself.
He will play either top seed Novak Djokovic or France’s Lucas Pouille – who meet on Friday – in Sunday’s final.