Stefanos Tsitsipas continues to progress comfortably in Melbourne after defeating Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor in straight sets (6-2, 7-6(5), 6-3) in his second round match at the Australian Open. The Greek is Jannik Sinner’s competitor.
New show at Melbourne Park Stefanos Tsitsipas, now the tournament’s main favorite after the early eliminations of Nadal and Ruud. The Greek was coming off two stunning wins against France’s Quentin Halys and local Rinky Hijikata, not losing any along the way. His rival was Dutch Tallon Greek Railwayfor the first time in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, also unbeaten in sets and beating Pavel Kotov and his compatriot Botic Van de Zandschulp.
The first clash between both players.
Tsitsipas, stable for the third round
Good start to the game for Stefanos. He took advantage of this popularity to score the first break, leaving the scoreboard 3-2. Griekspoor tried to find steady shots to hurt Helleen, but couldn’t find a good feel. After another break Tsitsipas did not hesitate and ended the first set 6-2.
The second set would be completely different, with a much more even development and Griekspoor finding their composure at the bottom of the pitch, their tool to maintain Greek dominance. With Tsitsipas diving 5-6, the Dutchman would have a set point, but he couldn’t capitalize on it. History had to be defined in the tiebreak, and there, when everything was so even, Stefanos took this set as well, winning 7-5.
The pressure fell more and more on Griekspoor, who were unable to show their emotions on the scoreboard, and therefore a possible comeback looked more and more uphill. After the mistakes made by the Dutchman, Tsitsipas made another break to start sealing his victory. The Greek sealed his victory with a good 6-3.