Stefanos Tsitsipas took a convincing victory in the first round of the Australian Open, defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.
A strong, yet COVID-safe, crowd was present tonight as Tsitsipas put his best work on display for the opening round.
The Greek kicked off the match with two break points to get a five-game lead above his competitor in the first set. An incredible performance by the Greek, he managed to take the first set 6-1.
A game of long rallies, increased stamina seemed to be a strong benefit in the match.
The two tennis professionals played game for game as the match continued into the second set, with the Frenchman adding a bit of flair to his shots on occasion. Applauded for his determination witnessed in the match, the power of Tsitsipas’ shots was too much for Simon at times in the second set. The Greek went two sets up after one hour.
The third set came and went as the Greek continued his strong run of form. Simons had a few opportunities to come back and hopefully turn the tide of the match, yet critical missed opportunities ultimately costed the Frenchman on the day.
Tsitsipas will face Greek Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in what will be a highly anticipated second round. Sakkari will unfortunately not be going into round 2 with the Greeks after a surprise upset against Kristina Mladenovic.
Asked if he was surprised at the scoreline, Tsitsipas said he didn’t expect it to be “so easy”.
“I clearly played a spectacular match… I don’t know what else to say,” Tsitsipas said in the post match interview, clearly trying to be as modest as possible, but failing humorously.
“They provide so much support and give so much positive energy.”
“Melbournians are very welcoming people and this is probably one of the best events in the world.”