Stefanos Tsitsipas, the fourth-ranked player in the world, appeared to be feeling a little lonely because only two reporters attended his post-Australian Open second-round press conference. At Melbourne Park on Wednesday, Tsitsipas defeated Rinky Hijikata 6-3 6-0 6-2 to go to the third round.
The news was all about Rafael Nadal‘s shocking straight-set loss to Mackenzie McDonald on the same day. “Do you feel like you’re flying under the radar a little bit, with all the emphasis that’s been on Djokovic this year for obvious reasons, and Rafa as well?” They questioned Tsitsipas.
Well, I see two of you guys here tonight, maybe,” Tsitsipas said with a smile.
A video of Tsitsipas’ news conference is available here.
Tsitsipas was pleased with how quickly he defeated Hijikata.
In the sixth game of the match, Tsitsipas broke for the first time, and he continued to hold serve for the remainder of the set to win the opening set.
After taking the first set, Tsitsipas dominated the second set, breaking Hijikata three times and winning it without dropping a game. Hijikata led 2-1 in the third set until Tsitsipas broke back-to-back times and won five straight games to put the contest away.
“It was pleasant outside. Really beautifully, the ball was emerging from the racquet. I had a terrific time and played well the entire game. According to Tsitsipas’ statement on the ATP website, “I always like playing on the Rod Laver Arena, I have some wonderful memories here.
Working with Australian tennis great Mark Philippoussis is Tsitsipas, 24. He has a lot to offer the game. He has a ton of experience, has played fantastic tennis throughout his career, and has won many matches here. With serve and volley, he has been a huge assistance to me.
Philippoussis has been assisting me with my offensive strategy, according to Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas will face Tallon Griekspoor in his ensuing Australian Open encounter.