It ended with a loss — but for Stefanos Tsitsipas the trip to Australia was one big win.
The Greek went down to Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals at Melbourne Park but left gushing about the tournament and his time in Australia.
“I created some amazing memories during that period – had a very nice stay in Australia,” Tsitsipas said.
“Despite all the downsides on having to stay 14 days in the room, and few other things, generally speaking it was a hell of a trip here in Australia.
“And personally I’d like to thank everyone for putting out such an amazing event and show for the players.
“Not only for the players, but for all the agents, coaches, and crew that came to be part of this tournament and to represent the players.”
With strong Greek support in the Victorian capital, Tsitsipas said he felt like he was at home.
It was no more evident than when he rode a wave of support to come from two sets down to beat Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final.
“I feel blessed when I’m playing here,” he said.
“I feel like everything can only be seen from the bright side, and people are beautiful. It’s a really nice place to play tennis.
“I’ll miss it, for sure.”