Aus Open: Tsitsipas prevails over Fritz to reach quarters

25 January 2022, 11:16 am
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Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the Australian Open men’s singles quarter-finals after notching up a hard-fought five-set victory over Taylor Fritz at the Rod Laver Arena here on Monday.

Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas was behind one to two at the conclusion of the third set, but fought back to defeat No.20 Fritz of the United States 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the late-night match that lasted three hours and 23 minutes. In the final-eight stage, the 23-year-old will go up against 11th seed Jannik Sinner (Italy), who accounted for local hope Alex de Minaur in straight sets (7-6(3), 6-3, 6-4) earlier in the day.

It was an epic match. I gave everything on court. I am very proud of the way I fought and the way I stayed consistent in moments that were close and critical, said Tsitsipas, a two-time finalist at Melbourne Park who is yet to crack the code. I am overwhelmed. The stadium was on fire; it was too good to be true, he added.

Meanwhile, American Maxime Cressy gave second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia a run for his money before losing 2-6, 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 5-7 in the fourth round. Medvedev will next clash with No.9 Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada) as the latter beat Croatian veteran Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-2, 7-6(4) to progress in the men’s draw. The match went on for three hours and 35 minutes.