Stefanos Tsitsipas: I knew I had a major issue to handle today.

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Tallon Griekspoor was a challenging opponent at the Australian Open, according to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who also acknowledged that he may have gotten lucky in the second set. The third-seeded Tsitsipas defeated Griekspoor, who was rated 63rd, by scores of 6-2, 7-6 (5), and 6-3 to go to the Australian Open round of 16.

“It was the first difficult match for a guy who has been successful recently and has been on a winning streak for the past two to three weeks. I was aware that today’s tasks would be significant. In the second set, it was challenging.

I had no idea how I was meant to get through it, but I managed to find a solution that kept me in the tiebreaker. I merely waited. I believe that the second set was crucial for me to advance in the standings and to gain some psychological momentum for the third set.

Overall, I’m extremely happy with the standard of play on the court today,” Tsitsipas said, according to Tennis Majors.

How Griekspoor was defeated by Tsitsipas

In the first three games, Griekspoor had a 2-1 lead and no break points were witnessed. Tsitsipas then impressively closed out the first set with back-to-back breaks and five straight victories.

Griekspoor got a set point in the 12th game of the second set as Tsitsipas was serving to stay in the match, but the Greek saved it. Tsitsipas opened a 6-4 lead after winning the 10th point of the second-set tie-break and then converted two straight set points.

Tsitsipas missed his first set point, but he did score on his second to take a two-set advantage. Tsitsipas broke in the fourth game of the third set to take a 3-1 lead in the match after winning a close second set.

Tsitsipas held on to his serve the rest of the match to secure a three-set victory while leading by two sets and a break. Tsitsipas’ upcoming encounter is against Jannik Sinner.