Tsitsipas catches fire in second set

Henry

After a slow run-up to the match – after all, he lost the first set against Zizou Bergs – Stefanos Tsitsipas easily made it to the second round of the Australian Open.

The Greek tennis star finally ended the showdown with 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3 and he immediately hit 38 winning shots.

Tsitsipas admitted that Bergs initially caught him off guard. After all, he was preparing to cross rackets with Matteo Berrettini before the Italian withdrew.

“Such a sudden adjustment can be dangerous when you have spent time preparing for a specific player. It wasn’t easy at all, but I was determined to win and I’m proud of the fighting spirit I exhibited,” said the seventh-ranked Tsitsipas.

In the women’s division, Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka won their matches at a trot.

Sabalenka, the defending champion, squared off with Ella Seidel in her opening showdown. The final score was 6-0 and 6-1 in favor of the world’s second best player.

She will face 16-year-old Brenda Fruhvirtova in the next round.

  • Results:

Men:

Jakub Mensik beat Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-5 and 7-5

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Zizou Bergs 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3

Adrian Mannarino beats Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3 and 6-0

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat Constant Lestienne 6-4, 6-4 and 7-5

Ben Shelton beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 7-6, 7-5

Lorenzo Musetti beat Benjamin Bonzi 7-6, 7-6, 4-6 and 6-2

Women:

Laura Siegemund beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 2-6, 6-3 and 7-6

Dayana Yastremska beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 and 6-2

Elina Svitolina beat Taylah Preston 6-2, 6-2

Coco Gauff beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3 and 6-0

Aryna Sabalenka beat Ella Seidel 6-0 and 6-1.