Spectacular fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised previous Frenchman Gilles Simon for the lack of simply 4 video games to kick off his bid for a maiden Grand Slam title in emphatic style Tuesday. The 22-year-old Greek overwhelmed the veteran 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 on Rod Laver Enviornment to arrange a second spherical conflict with Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis, who cruised previous South Korea’s Kwon Quickly-woo. “I clearly wasn’t anticipating it to come back really easy, it was a terrific match from my facet,” he stated, to good-natured jeers from the gang.
“I believe I performed a spectacular match from the start to the tip.
“My stage is sweet to this point, I really feel good with my service sport, I am returning very well, so I believe I get the higher hand from the very starting, which provides me quite a lot of confidence.”
Tsitsipas bought off to a flyer, dominating the baseline rallies to take the primary set in simply 25 minutes as Simon, 36, floundered.
He did not let up within the second, pushing the Frenchman across the courtroom together with his groundstrokes and capitalising on Simon’s weak second serve.
Simon, in his fifteenth Australian Open and quarter-finalist in 2009, did his greatest to delay the inevitable however he couldn’t cease the fired-up Greek wrapping up the match in simply 92 minutes.
A few of Tsitsipas’ most enjoyable moments in his quick profession have come at Melbourne Park, gorgeous Roger Federer en path to the semi-finals in 2019 earlier than being overwhelmed by Rafael Nadal.
He solely managed the third spherical final season, falling to Milos Raonic in straight units, with a deeper run on his thoughts this 12 months.
Kokkinakis is subsequent up, a participant he has usually practised with.
“He looks as if he is in good condition and I will be taking him severely,” he stated of the Australian, who additionally has Greek heritage.
Tsitsipas, the primary Greek to interrupt into the highest 5, warmed up for opening Grand Slam of the 12 months on the ATP Cup, profitable each his singles matches as he beat Alex de Minaur and Roberto Bautista Agut in straight units.
He’s bidding to change into the youngest Australian Open males’s singles champion since Novak Djokovic in 2008.
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