Stefanos Tsitsipas left baffled over bizarre Australian Open drama

The World No.4 was baffled after he was continually called for a fault.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (pictured left) confused with the chair umpire and (pictured right) Tsitsipas with a foot fault.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (pictured) was left baffled after multiple foot faults during his Australian Open semi-final match. (Images: Channel Nine)

Stefanos Tsitsipas has been left dumbfounded after he was called for multiple foot faults and breached the serve clock time limit during his semi-final match against Karen Khachanov. Tsitsipas was eventually able to reach his second grand slam final thanks to a great start against Russian Khachanov at the Australian Open.

The World No.4 was in control against his opponent when he was cautioned for running down the serve clock. Tsitsipas is known to push the time limit and often receives a warning.

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However, he was pinged twice in the first set, which resulted in the chair umpire taking away his chance of a first serve before one point. In bizarre scenes, Tsitsipas then missed the second for a double fault.

"Can you believe it," tennis great, turned commentator, Jim Courier said. However, it wasn't the only serving controversy throughout the match.

Tsitsipas was also called early on for a foot fault. After brushing off the first foot fault, he was then called two more times.

This sparked confusion as Tsitsipas approached the chair umpire to question why he was receiving foot faults when he didn't believe he was stepping over the line. Courier said Tsitsipas had: "Moved closer to that line, compared to past years. He is hedging his bets."

But after committing multiple foot faults, Lleyton Hewitt pointed out that the World No.4 was clearly unaware how close his back foot was to the middle line.

'I don't think he knows," Lleyton Hewitt said. The chair umpire quickly explained to Tsitsipas why he was being faulted.

The tennis world was quick to react after the bizarre foot fault calls.

Tsitsipas led 7-6, 6-4 after some incredible defensive work on Rod Laver Arena. However, Tsitsipas held two match points in the third set tiebreak, but was unable to convert as Khachanov pushed the match into a fourth set after a stoic comeback.

The World No.4 bounced back and lifted his game in the fourth to win 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 and reach his maiden Australian Open final.

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Tsitsipas, who will become World No.1 should he win the title, has thrived on the energy from the crowd in Melbourne. The city has a large Greek population, including some of his extended family, and he considers this his "home" tournament.

The Greek's best grand slam so far is a French Open final appearance in 2021, where he fell to Djokovic in five sets after winning the first two. In the other semi-final, Novak Djokovic will face American Tommy Paul.

Djokovic has obliterated his opponents on his way to the Australian Open semi-final as seeks a record 22nd grand slam and 10th title in Melbourne.

with AAP

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