Stefanos Tsitsipas prolonged his good set document on Friday on the 2023 Australian Open to 9-0 by shifting previous Tallon Griekspoor into the fourth spherical. In a 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory, the Greek saved a set level late in set two earlier than powering by the end in Rod Laver Enviornment.
The win units up a Sunday showdown with Jannik Sinner, a rematch of final 12 months’s Melbourne quarter-final that was dominated by the Greek.
“I loved preventing my means by as we speak,” Tsitsipas mentioned in his on-court interview. “It wasn’t simple at occasions. I had the group with me, as at all times. It is at all times an excellent sensation once I’m out right here.”
In opposition to Griekspoor, Tsitsipas saved the one break level he confronted, which doubled as a set level for the Dutchman at 5-6 within the second. On return, the World No. 4’s depth troubled his opponent all through the two-hour, eight-minute match. He completed with 4 breaks on seven probabilities.
“I used to be good mixing it up as we speak, mixing up my slice, opening the courtroom,” Tsitsipas added. “I feel my placement on serve was distinctive as we speak. I did not have loads of rallies on my serve, which helped quite a bit as we speak to maintain issues clear.”
One other straight units success for Stef 🔥
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Whereas Griekspoor, the World No. 63, performed fearless tennis simply two weeks faraway from successful his first ATP Tour title in Pune, Tsitsipas had all of the solutions to earn his means into the Melbourne fourth spherical for the fourth time (2019, 2021, 2022). In every of his previous three journeys to that stage, he continued to the semi-finals.
Already up one place to No. 3 within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Rankings this week, Tsitsipas will depart Melbourne as World No. 1 if he wins his first Grand Slam title.
Tsitsipas will take a 4-1 ATP Head2Head benefit in opposition to Sinner into their fourth-round assembly, together with a streak of seven consecutive units gained. Their most up-to-date assembly got here final 12 months in Rome, after the Greek’s 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win in Melbourne.
Whereas Tsitsipas was on courtroom, the Italian put the ending touches on a 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 victory in opposition to Marton Fucsovics in Margaret Court docket Enviornment.
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