Tsitsipas survives his marathon with Kokkinakis

The Greek suffered to beat the Australian in a match that was four and a half hours long. Berrettini, Khachanov and Rublev also won.


Stefanos Tsitsipas once again showed that he likes epic matches. The Greek had to pull claw and get his best tennis to beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in five sets 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (5) and 6-4 after four hours and a half of the game.

The match was very uphill for the Greek, who gave up the first set in the tie-break to a Kokkinakis spurred on by the stands and by his great friend Nick Kyrgios among others. However, Tsitsipas wanted to quell the 'aussie' rebellion by winning the second set 6-4 and showing intractable in the third, where he won 6-1.

However, Kokkinakis proved again that he can give war to anyone if the injuries respect him. The Australian took the tie-break in the fourth to force the fifth set and make Tsitsipas suffer even more, who achieved a valuable break in the fifth game of the decisive set and then did not fail with his serve and close the match. In the third round Tsitsipas will now meet with Mikael Ymer, who defeated the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz.

Berrettini and Khachanov meet in Australia

Matteo Berrettini is already in the third round of the Australian Open after beating Tomas Machac. The Italian, ninth seed for the title, struggled to beat the Czech 6-3, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-3 after two hours and 39 minutes. Berrettini, who hit 19 aces, had the game on track after winning the first two sets, but the Czech converted his only break in the third set to force a fourth set where the Italian was again superior.

Berrettini will be seen in the third round with Russian Karen Khachanov, the nineteenth favorite, who easily beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 6-4 and 6-4 after almost two hours of play. The Russian was very strong and gave few opportunities to a Berankis who was hampered by his 54 unforced errors.

Rublev and the dominance of the Russian 'Armada'

Like Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, seventh seed for the title, also passed to the third round, who beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in three sets 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (8 ) in two hours and eight minutes. Rublev showed off his high serve effectiveness against a Monteiro who was hampered by the only two breaks he conceded in the first and second sets. In the third round, Rublev will face Spanish Feliciano López, who came back against Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

Fognini passes with anger

Fabio Fognini went through much more trouble to seal his pass to the next round of the tournament. The Italian was in tow of his compatriot Salvatore Caruso for a good part of the match and had to wait for the super tie-break to take the match 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (12 ) after 3 hours and 56 minutes.

However, the image of the match took place at the end of the match, when Fognini faced Caruso due to the latter's luck with several blows during the match, a discussion that fortunately did not go to major. Now Fognini will face Australian Alex de Miñaur in the third round, who beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in three sets (6-3, 6-3 and 7-5) .

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