Stefanos Tsitsipas feels at home with the Greek diaspora by his side in Melbourne

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Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas described the Australian Open as his "home slam", telling the conditions in Melbourne remind him of the Attic Peninsula, specifically Vouliagmeni, where he lives.

Tsitsipas lives in one of the most exclusive seaside towns of the Athenian Riviera -Vouliagmeni- located around 20km (12 mi) south of Greece's capital. Glamorous, laid-back and lively at the same time, the area is a favourite summer hangout for locals and travellers.

Tsitsipas, a three-time semi-finalist at the Australian Open,reachedthe quarter-finals on Sunday after fighting hard to beat Italy's Jannik Sinner 6-4 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-3.

Tsitsipas had a considerable amount of support from members of the Greek community in Melbourne.

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"I grew up in a climate that is very similar here, from the place I come from in southwestern Attica. It always reminds me of home a little bit when I'm here," Tsitsipas told reporters.

"The conditions are similar. It's not very humid, it's not very tropical. I can say it's similar to the Athenian Riviera."

With Melbourne boasting the largest Greek population in Australia, Tsitsipas said he always felt at home when competing at the season-opening major.

"Another reason, another plus is wherever I look I see Greek faces, I see Greek people speaking Greek. Of course, it's very important when you're far away from home to have that sort of feeling, to connect even more with the culture that you're at," he said.

"It feels very welcoming when you're able to walk around and feel that. It's for sure my home slam, I would consider that ... the French people have Roland Garros, the Brits have Wimbledon, the Americans have U.S. Open. For me it's the Australian Open."

Tsitsipas will meet unseeded 21-year-old Czech Jiri Lehecka for a spot in the semi-finals.

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