Stefanos Tsitsipas struggled to overcome the stiff resistance of American Taylor Fritz on Monday but eventually made it to the next round of the Australian Open.
The Greek champion won the match 3-2 (4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4) after an epic battle. He will next play Jannik Sinner for a place in the semifinals.
Euh y'a du niveau entre Fritz et Tsitsipas là 😳
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After the game Tsitsipas said: “An epic match, that’s all I can say, I gave everything, I am very proud. I am overwhelmed, too much, the stadium was on fire. It’s too good to be true. I knew it was going to get physical. It was important to have the crowd with me, and I feel like they were backing me up when things got tough. It was important to have that ambiance, thank you. I am very tired, I can barely speak right now.”
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In the previous round Tsitsipas overcame the resistance of Benoît Paire winning the match 3-1 (6-3, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4).
The Greek player who came into the event with some concerns about his elbow after surgery has proven that he is fit and raring to go.
Tsitsipas hopes to go a step further in Australian Open this year
Tsitsipas hopes to go better than his previous performance at the Australian Open where he reached the semi-finals in 2021.
Tsitsipas started his 2021 Australian Open campaign with a comfortable straight sets win over Gilles Simon, before surviving a five-set thriller with Thanasi Kokkinakis.
He then beat Mikael Ymer in straight sets before being given over a walkover by an injured Matteo Berrettini.
In the quarterfinals, Tsitsipas became only the second player along with Fabio Fognini at the 2015 US Open to beat Rafael Nadal in a grand slam match from two sets to love down.
He eventually lost in the semifinals to Daniil Medvedev.
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