Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Stefanos Tsitsipas via detour in the final

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is the first player to reach the final at the men’s Australian Open. The fourth in the world rankings from Greece prevails against the Russian Karen Khachanov (26, ATP 20) in four sets 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 4, 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 3.

Tsitsipas is clearly the better player against Chatschanov, especially thanks to advantages on the first serve and better return game. Because he gives up service in the third set because of several unused smashes when he serves for the match and he cannot use two match balls in the tie-break when the score is 6: 4, he has to take a detour.

In the fourth set, Tsitsipas breaks again at the first opportunity and this time no longer gives up the lead. Although he hits another smash in the last game, he quickly scores four times thanks to good serves.

At 24 years and 170 days, Tsitsipas is the youngest male finalist at the Australian Open since Andy Murray twelve years ago. The second in the Olympics, Khachanov, on the other hand, missed his first final game in a major tournament.

It is the second Grand Slam final for 24-year-old Tsitsipas. He lost the first in 2021 at the French Open against Novak Djokovic after a 2-0 set lead. Djokovic could also be his last opponent in Melbourne. The Serbian top favorite will duel with American Tommy Paul (ATP 35) in the second semi-final. (SDA)

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