An undefeated Tsitsipas confirms himself as the most qualified alternative to Djokovic

The Greek defeated Jannik Sinner in 5 units and is already within the quarterfinals. If he wins the title he’ll develop into the brand new world number one

Tsitsipas celebrates his victory in opposition to Sinner.MARTIN KEEPAFP

No person has crushed Tsitsipas within the yr that has simply began. He was near attaining it Jannik Sinner, in an excellent however inconclusive response. It will likely be the Greek, inspired by the beneficiant colony of compatriots on the Rod Laver Enviornment, who will play the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, after popping out on high of 4 precise hours of matches during which they gained three factors greater than their rival: 154 for 151.

I really feel like I’ve spent an eternity enjoying on that courtroom, commented the third-seeded winner, who had already defeated the Italian, then in three units, in the identical spherical final yr. This time the marker indicated with its digits the equality between the 2: 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 and 6-3. I had my second, however I messed it up a bitadmitted Sinner, who continues to accuse his lack of definition on the large levels.

Within the quarterfinals of the final US Open had match level in opposition to Carlos Alcaraz, in the end champion. In the identical spherical of Wimbledon he had seen how Novak Djokovic, on his solution to his seventh crown, neutralized two units.

Tsitsipas, a three-time semifinalist in Melbourne, had not dropped a set till assembly the fifteenth seed, additionally displaying the difficulties he generally has to maintain a excessive degree of tennis over time. In 2021, in opposition to Novak Djokovic, within the Roland Garros closing, the one one he has performed up to now, he missed the cup after profitable the primary two units. I had an unbelievable opponent on the opposite aspect of the courtroom, enjoying wonderful tennis within the third and fourth units. I saved actually calm, as Mr. Rod Laver used to do, he commented, alluding to the legendary Australian participant, who witnessed the sport on the ground that bears his title.

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With out Alcaraz, world number one, who didn’t attend the event on account of damage, Nadal, defending champion, eradicated within the second spherical, or Daniil Medvedev, a finalist within the final two editions, Tsitsipas has remained as essentially the most certified different to face Novak Djokovic, who on right now’s Spanish morning (09:00, Eurosport) will search the quarterfinals in opposition to the Australian Alex de Miaur.

Tsitsipas and Djokovic, who will solely meet in a hypothetical closing, are the one gamers who can take over from Alcaraz on the high of the rating, for which they should win the event. If the Greek, who beat Dimitrov, Goffin, Coric and Berrettini within the United Cup, has eight victories in 2023, the nine-time champion in Melbourne has simply gained the ATP 250 in Adelaide and has not misplaced any match both, with one other sequence of eight wins.

Jiri Lehecka, who had by no means gained a match in a main till the present version of the Australian Open, would be the subsequent impediment for Tsitsipas. The Czech, 21 years outdated, 71, is likely one of the nice sensations of the event. Within the spherical of 16 he completed in 4 units with sixth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime after upsetting eleventh-seeded Cameron Norrie within the earlier spherical.