Stefanos Tsitsipas put friendship apart to crush Mikael Ymer and race into the Australian Open fourth spherical Saturday, dismantling his someday hitting accomplice in straight units. The pair have been born inside weeks of one another and infrequently pitted collectively as juniors, however Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas swatted the Swede 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 at John Cain Arena. He will now play both big-hitting ninth seed Matteo Berrettini or Nineteenth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov for a spot within the final eight as he targets a maiden Grand Slam title. “It took some time to get used to conditions on John Cain. But I’m very happy with my game. I showed good quality of tennis today,” stated Tsitsipas.
“Mikael is someone I’ve known for a long time and it’s quite important for me to have battles like this against him, and for the next generation of tennis as well,” he added.
“All of have been working very hard to get where we are today.”
Tsitsipas stated earlier than the match that he had recognized Ymer “like, since a baby” and the 22-year-olds have been quarantine coaching companions once they arrived in Australia for the opening Grand Slam of the 12 months.
Despite their affinity, they’d solely performed one another as soon as earlier than at Tour stage, with Tsitsipas claiming a 6-1, 6-3 victory final 12 months in Marseille.
Ymer, ranked 95, shocked final month’s Delray Beach titlist Hubert Hurkacz within the opening spherical then overcame 17-year-old Spanish wunderkind Carlos Alcaraz, however he was no match for the Greek.
Tsitsipas, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2019, was coming off a gruelling five-set win over Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, however confirmed few indicators of tiredness.
He took his possibilities when introduced within the opening set then romped by the second, powering down massive serves and hitting 10 winners.
The third set adopted an analogous sample with Ymer unable to cope with the Greek star’s unrelenting accuracy on service return, hitting too many unforced errors and unable to get into the rallies.
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