Stefanos Tsitsipas breaks Benoit Paire to love to win 6-3, 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-4, but he only realized the match was over when he was getting ready to return another serve.
Stefanos Tsitsipas rode a dominant day on serve and a steady stream of unforced errors from Benoit Paire to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open Saturday.
Despite dropping the third set in a tie-break, the Greek always looked in control of the match on Rod Laver Arena, firing 21 aces and benefitting from 50 unforced errors from the Frenchman to advance after two hours and 42 minutes.
“I’m pretty glad with the win,” Tsitsipas said. “Benoit is one of the biggest challenges in our game. He has a lot of talent and feel for the game, so it’s a very important victory for me today and it was special to play in this arena and share it with the crowd.”
The Greek will play USA’s Taylor Fritz in the Round of 16.