Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Stefanos Tsitsipas advances to quarter finals

Whereas Novak Djokovic, whose fourth-round match towards Australia’s Alex de Minaur on Monday, is the lone man left with a Grand Slam title — and he is obtained 21 of them, 9 at Melbourne Park — Stefanos Tsitsipas is the one different previous main finalist nonetheless round.

The No. 3 seed beat No. 15 Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 in precisely 4 hours.

He was the runner-up to Djokovic at Roland Garros in 2021 and has reached the semifinals in Australia 3 times.

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Tsitsipas, a 24-year-old from Greece, seemed terrific towards Sinner for 2 units Sunday night time, one thing lower than terrific for 2 units, then surged to victory by breaking to lead 4-2 within the fifth.

“Stayed actually calm, similar to Mr. Rod Laver used to do in his day,” mentioned Tsitsipas, shouting out the stadium’s namesake, who was in attendance.

The subsequent opponent will likely be Czech underdog Jiri Lehecka, who upset No.6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier on day seven.

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Lehecka started the match by eliminating No.21 seed Borna Coric. He beat a wildcard in spherical two, then shocked No.11 seed Cameron Norrie in a spherical three five-set epic.

“He is been taking part in actually good, and rising within the rankings,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned of his opponent afterwards.

“I bear in mind seeing him final yr round identical time in Rotterdam. He made the semi-finals, and he was taking part in rather well. I am positive we’ll see quite a lot of him sooner or later.”

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