World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Quentin Halys in Round 1 of the Australian Open 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). Tsitsipas had to work hard in the third set but held his nerve in the tie-breaker.
The 24-year-old Tsitsipas, who reached the semi-finals at the opening Grand Slam of the season in 2019, 2021 and 2022, is pursuing his maiden crown this fortnight. Should the third seed go all the way in Melbourne, he would overtake the injured Carlos Alcaraz to become No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings for the first time.