Third-seeded Following defending their schedule after the previous day’s late conclusion, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-3 to enter the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.
After the early exits of Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud, the top seed played near-flawless tennis to the delight of Greek fans in the Rod Laver Arena.
Tsitsipas said, “Fair crack of the whip friend, I mean, it was amazing,” using local slang. “My serve placement was great today, and I didn’t have many rallies on it, which helped.”
“Kept everything clean and enjoyed the sunshine today—what a great day for tennis, isn’t it?” Tsitsipas is seeking his first Grand Slam without losing a set.
The 2021 French Open runner-up saved a set point in the second set and doubled his lead after a tiebreak.
Tsitsipas breezed through the next set to face 21-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, cheered on by Greek supporters, many of whom were from Melbourne, which has the largest Greek-speaking community outside Greece and Cyprus.