Next Up For Tsitispas in Australian Open

Tsitsipas Benoit

Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had elbow surgery at the end of last season, has had to fight his way into the fourth round and needed four sets to see off unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3 7-5 6-7 (2) 6-4.

The Greek Star received a warning for coaching but pleaded his innocence, saying:

“I was really far away from my coach, and with my back facing the other way, so I was just laughing because I don’t know where that came from. It was completely unexpected.”

He next meets 20th seed Taylor Fritz who, a year after nearly beating an ailing Novak Djokovic, prevailed in a five-set clash with Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the fourth round of a slam for the first time.

“It’s huge,” said Fritz. “I was almost close to tearing up a bit. It seems stupid because so many people have made the second week of slams but it’s just eluded me for so long.”