Tsitsipas, who did not immediately realize after the winning point that the victory was in, has now made it to the last sixteen for the third time in five participations in Melbourne. “I am very satisfied with this victory, Benoît is a very good player,” said the Greek of France’s number 56 in the world. For Tsitsipas, it was the fourth victory over Paire in five encounters, the first at a grand slam. Last year he reached the semi-finals in Melbourne.
Tsitsipas served strongly with 21 aces and an 89 percent win rate on his first serve. With Fritz he now gets an opponent with a good service as well. „Good server, hard blows too. He’s got his weapons. I’ve played against him before. I will have to constantly pressure him. Then there will be opportunities”, the Greek looked ahead to the match for a place in the quarterfinals.
Tsitsipas became the first Greek to reach a final of a grand slam tournament at Roland Garros last year. He lost to Novak Djokovic after leading 2-0 in sets.
Cilic takes out Rublev
Croatian Marin Cilic has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open. Cilic was too strong in four sets for the Russian Andrey Rublev, the number 5 on the placement list. The set scores were 7-5 7-6 (3) 3-6 6-3.
Cilic (33) is already participating in the Australian Open for the fourteenth time. In 2018 he played there in the final in which the Swiss Roger Federer was too strong. Cilic has one Grand Slam title to his name. In 2014 he won the US Open.
Against Rublev, who reached the quarterfinals last year, Cilic won the first two sets and with a 3-1 lead and a breakpoint he seemed on his way to a victory in three sets. The 24-year-old Russian escaped, but saw Cilic walk through a break to 3-1 in the fourth set and not relinquish that lead.
Cilic’s next opponent is Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who was too strong for Briton Daniel Evans in the third round in three sets.
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