Tsitsipas suffers to beat Argentine Baez in the second round of the Australian Open

The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, No.4 in the world, needed time and energy to eliminate the Argentine Sebastián Baez (88th) 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4, this Thursday in the second round of the Australian Open.

“It wasn’t easy,” the 23-year-old acknowledged. “It was a great fight and I’m glad I got over the hump.”

After the two tie breaks, Tsitsipas nevertheless managed to gain control. “I tried to take more risks,” he explained, noting that he “played with (his) heart.”

A two-time semifinalist in Melbourne (2019 and 2021) and a finalist at Roland Garros last year, Tsitsipas will face either Grigor Dimitrov (28th) or Benoît Paire (56th) on Saturday.

“Whether it’s one or the other, I’ll be ready,” he assured.



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