Who is Stefanos Tsitsipas?

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Stefanos Tsitsipas hits a return against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournamentGetty Images

Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

He beat Roberto Bautista Agut to continue his brilliant run, which included a victory over six-time champion Roger Federer in the previous round.

At 20 years and 168 days, Tsitsipas is the youngest man to reach the last four of a Grand Slam since Novak Djokovic in 2007.

He will face Spain's Rafael Nadal or American Frances Tiafoe next.

No Greek man had ever reached the world's top 100 until the then teenager cracked it in October 2017, never mind anywhere near his current ranking of 15.

Here is Newsround's quick guide to Stefanos Tsitsipas - tennis's rising superstar!

Sporting family
Stefanos Tsitsipas with his father Apostolos and his mother JuliaInstagram / @stefanostsitsipas98
Stefanos with his father Apostolos (left) and his mother Julia (right) after winning his first ATP title at the Stockholm Open in 2018

Born in Athens, Greece, Stefanos comes from a family that loves tennis.

His mum Julia, who's Russian, was a professional player and former world junior number one.

While his Greek dad, Apostolos, was trained as a tennis coach.

"My first memory is to be three and to hit balls with my father in the gap between lessons. I remember watching games on TV, as a baby, I can not tell you who was playing, but I remember watching," he said in an interview with Greek publication, Sport24.

Sergei SalnikovGetty Images
Stefanos's grandad played football for the then Soviet Union - a collection of Eastern European countries run by Russia

Stefanos is the eldest of four children. His three younger siblings Petros, Pavlos and Elizavet are also talented tennis players.

His grandad Sergei Salnikov was a successful sportsman too. He won an Olympic gold medal with the Soviet Union football team at the 1956 Olympics.

'Zero fear'
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece serves in the Boys Tennis Semi Final match against Marko Osmakcic of Switzerland on Day 4 of the European Youth Olympic Festival held at Den Hommel Tennis Park on July 18, 2013Getty Images
Stefanos playing as a junior at the European Youth Olympic Festival in 2013

The young tennis star nearly drowned while swimming at a tournament in Crete.

His father helped to save his life after the water carried him away from the shore.

He said that the incident is the reason he has "zero fear" now on court.

Social media fan
Stefanos swimming in the seaTwitter / @StefTsitsipas
Taking a quick selfie in the sea

He has his own YouTube channel with 28,000 subscribers, and nearly 400,000 combined followers on Instagram and Twitter.

As someone who travels the world playing sport, Stefanos posts a lot about the cool things he gets to do abroad.

He's recently visited the zoo in Australia, jetskiied in Cyprus, and got lost in China.

Stefanos Tsitsipas laying on the grass staring at an animalTwitter / @StefTsitsipas
He posted this photo during a visit to an Australian zoo: "One of the few animals that can smile to you."

Greek journalist Vicky Georgatou, who first met Stefanos as a teenager, told the BBC: "He's not like the other guys on their phones, playing games."

"He likes to take pictures, he likes to read, he's very different."

Shy guy
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece smiles during a press conferenceEPA

After his third-round win at the Australia Open in 2019, Tsitsipas admitted he did not have many friends in the locker room.

"I think I'm comfortable meeting new people and having a discussion with someone," he said when asked about his perceived shyness.

"Not many of the players want to be friends on the tour. That's a problem.

"But I would love to have more friends on tour."

Souvlaki star
Photo shows a skewer of grilled souvlaki on pita bread at a kebab-souvlaki restaurant in the Monastiraki district of AthensGetty Images
A skewer of grilled souvlaki

Stefanos's incredible run at this year's Australian Open in Melbourne has been supported by lots of Greek-Australians fans living in the city.

A Greek restaurant there has even promised to honour him with a special dish if he makes the final.

Stalactites wants to name a Souvlaki after him - a popular Greek dish made of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer.

"We'd love for him to choose what he'd like in his souvlaki and even if he wants to come and roll the first one, we'd love that too and we'd definitely put it on the menu for him," managing director Nicole Papasavas told Omnisport.

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