Frances Tiafoe took off after his victory his tennis shirt, drumming with his fist on the muscular right upper arm, then on the breast, he screamed and went to the jubilation of his biggest success in the skies of Melbourne, on all fours and pounded on the blue hard court, once, twice, three times, he shook his head and trotted back to his Bank.

he Had defeated in fact, just Grigor Dimitrov and was first into the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament moved in?

The On-Court Interview, only seconds later, broke out the “Big Foe” in tears. “This means so much to me. I’ve been busting my butt,” he said, before he poured out his life story in a sentence: “I promised my parents ten years ago, I’m a professional and so that your life and my life change. And now I’m in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. I can’t believe it.”

“The happiest man on earth”

it was so emotional it wasn’t for Stefanos Tsitsipas, but he also was taken: The Greek with the long hair left after his Triumph over defending champion Roger Federer, his racket falling, looked up to his Box and slapped his hands to his face, before he ran to the net and the Swiss-like the Hand shook.

Tsitsipas then ran again to the square, showed disbelief, according to the Motto: “How I was?” and then in the direction of the spectators, in which hordes had Greek Fans him almost four hours cheered. “I can’t describe it, but I’m just the happiest man on earth,” he said.

Tiafoe and Tsitsipas belong to the Generation of Alexander Zverev, the German hope was eliminated in the second round. Their victories provide material for heroic stories – and yet they are so different.

From Sierra Leone in the USA

Frances Tiafoe, the strong Americans, was more random tennis player. His parents migrated in the nineties from Sierra Leone in the United States, father Constant found work at a construction company, which built an indoor tennis facility in Maryland. As the squares were finished, he was taken on as a janitor and groundsman, and lived in a small office on the plant.

So, Frances, and twin brother, Franklin played Tennis, often against the ball wall, where Frances imitated the blows of the children from the Academy and mentally against Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal took. One of the coach, Misha Kouznetsov, realized Tiafoes potential, as well at some point, the American tennis Association. “The Rest is history,” said Tiafoe, currently number 39 in the world.

Tsitsipas offers the more typical tennis history: father Apostolos tennis coach; mother, Julia Apostoli-Salnikova professional tennis player from Russia. “The two different cultures have given me a very different perspective on things,” says Stefanos.

changing of the guard as Federer?

“My mother has brought a lot of discipline in my game,” said the world number 15., “in Greek culture this is not so common.” For the positive view of the world, however, Apostolos, the one who saved his son once before the Drowning and his fear on the tennis took place, as Stefanos Tsitsipas says.

Tiafoe and Tsitsipas differ on the court fundamentally. Tiafoe lives of its force, especially on serve. Particularly striking is his shaky Forehand, which he hits with a strange detour. Tsitsipas plays the most elegant Tennis with a one-handed backhand, he searches for the way to the grid and has for its age great understanding of the game, strong in defence and can concentrate well.

“The intensity with which he is against Roger from the beginning to the end of occurred, was great,” said Patrick Mouratoglou after the Federer Match at Eurosport. The Frenchman is known as the Coach of Serena Williams, at his Academy in nice and also Tsitsipas trained but.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tiafoe hits with Rafael Nadal, Tsitsipas Roberto Bautista Agut

While Tiafoe, with his Successes over Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson and Dimitrov for Surprises caused, woke Tsitsipas with the sensational victory of good Federer some memories: In the second round of the Wimbledon tournament in 2001, the then world ranked 15. Roger Federer, his Idol, Pete Sampras defeated, two years later, he won his first Wimbledon title. Whether Tsitsipas’ success in Melbourne, a re-changing of the guard?

ex-champion John McEnroe looks like this, Roger Federer remained after he relaxed. “I’ve been hearing for ten years,” he said, and yet the Numbers speak for him. Alexander Zverev, Denis Shapovalov, Alex de Minaur, Tsitsipas or Tiafoe – you all came so far in a semi-final or final at a Major tournament.

At this year’s Australian Open, it could create now, with Tiafoe has the worse cards: While Tsitsipas meets Roberto Bautista Agut (Tuesday, 2.30 p.m. CET; TV: Eurosport), it gets to do “Big Foe” with Rafael Nadal (10.30 am).

Frances Tiafoe