Friday, January 27, 2023

Tsitsipas and Sinner to meet in Australia’s fourth round

MELBOURNE ( Associated Press) – Stefanos Tsitsipas will take on Jannik Sinner in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday after advancing in two contrasting ways.

Greek Tsitsipas (seeded third) saved a set point in the second set but was in no trouble to beat Tarek Grikspur 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-3. Thus they reached the round of 16 at Melbourne Park for the third time in the last four years.

Sinner came back from two sets down to win over Hungary’s Marton Fuksovics for the first time in his career.

The Italian (15th) is looking to win his first singles title at a Grand Slam tournament. In the fourth set, he came back from a 2–0 deficit before winning 4–6, 4–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–0 in a match that lasted three hours and 33 minutes.

“Obviously the first two sets were very difficult for me,” said the 21-year-old Sinner. “I went into court with a strategy and I had to change it a bit to attack her backhand more. We did a lot of physical work in the pre-season break, so I was physically fit in the last sets today.”

Sinner had reached the quarterfinals in Melbourne the year before.

Tsitsipas is still the highest-ranked tennis player in the men’s draw, following the exits of Rafael Nadal (1st seed and defending champion) and Casper Ruud (2nd).

Tsitsipas, 24, is a three-time Australian semi-finalist and lost to Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2021 French Open.

Tsitsipas was about to lose the second set against the 63rd-ranked Dutchman. Grixpur was unable to capitalize at 6–5 and the Greeks won.

Barbora Krejcikova became the first player to set up in the fourth round to start the day at Rod Laver Arena, defeating Angelina Kalinina 6–2, 6–3.

The 20-year-old Czech won the first five games and dominated her Ukrainian opponent. Krejcikova has not dropped a set in three meetings.

The 2021 French Open champion said, “I am happy that I was able to control the start, but it has been close play. From then on, I tried to stay aggressive.”

Later on, the first action of the Iga Swiatek ranking would also take place.

Polish Swiatek plays against Spanish Kristina Buxa, who should have played the qualifying stage.

Americans Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff, the respective favorites against Marta Kostyuk and Bernarda Pera, also followed suit.

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