Tsitsipas, Djokovic’s big threat


The Greek tennis player beats Jannik Sinner in five sets to position himself as the Serbian’s great rival for the Australian Open

It’s the chance of a lifetime and Tsitsipas knows it. With a physically weakened Djokovic and a very benevolent team, the Greek has a clear option in front of him to win his first Grand Slam. In addition, the prize would be double, because if he won the Australian Open, he would be named world number one and oust Carlos Alcaraz. This Sunday he took another giant step by beating the Italian Jannik Sinner without a fight in the eighth finals of the tournament played in Melbourne (6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 and 6-4). .

Two stunning first sets from the Greek, against a Sinner who landed from the third set at the Rod Laver Arena. He equalized the match and the match was decided in a final fifth set that fell to the side of Tsitsipas, who put on his work overalls, broke the service of the transalpine player and did not fail with his serve to confirm his placement for the quarter-finals . where the matches will feature faces with an unexpected actor, Jiri Lehecka.

The young Czech tennis player was the surprise of the day among the men by eliminating Canadian Auger-Aliassime (4-6, 6-3, 7-6 and 7-6). Lehecka, who had not achieved a Grand Slam victory, enters Australia’s second week with a cheerful game and with the baggage of having knocked out Borna Coric, Cameron Norrie and Auger-Aliassime.

Also notable is the five-set victory of Sebastian Korda, the executioner of Daniil Medvedev, against the Pool Hubert Hurkacz (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6 and 7-6). The American will compete against Karen Khachanov, who defeated Japanese Yoshito Nishioka (6-0, 6-0, 7-6) in the quarterfinals.

Iga Swiatek, the world number one and favorite to win the Australian title, was defeated in the fourth round by Kazakh tennis star Yelena Rybakina (6-4, 6-4) on Sunday. The Polish, current Roland Garros and US Open winner, succumbed in a match in which she never felt comfortable.

“Maybe I wanted too much to win this tournament. I need to relax a bit more. I felt pressure, because I focus more on not losing than thinking about winning,” the Warsaw tennis player explained after being eliminated. Another favourite, young Coco Gauff lost her match against Latvian Jelena Ostapenko (7-5 ​​and 6-3), leaving a very open women’s draw and with the two favorites from the tournament in the round of 16 .

Source: La Verdad


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