Australian Open Heats Up: Tsitsipas and Siner routinely made it to the round of 16

The favorites play without a mistake, still without big draws on AO

by Sededin Dedovic
Australian Open Heats Up: Tsitsipas and Siner routinely made it to the round of 16
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Stefanos Tsitsipas, the best Greek tennis player, showed a dominant display today at the Australian Open, knocking out the Frenchman Luca Van Asch in consecutive sets (6:3, 6:0, 6:4) and securing a place in the fourth round.

The world number seven looked sharp and focused, dictating the tempo of the match with his powerful groundstrokes and accurate serving. He unleashed a barrage of 36 straight points, including a dozen aces, leaving Van Asch with little to counter.

Tsitsipas' resilience was also on display, saving eight of the nine break points he faced and converting six of his eight break opportunities. A great match for him, and the Frenchman couldn't turn things around. Next for Tsitsipas is a clash with rising American star Taylor Fritz, who in four sets (3:6, 6:4, 6:2, 6:2) went through a difficult encounter with Hungarian Fabian Marosan.

Fritz showed impressive mental strength, overcoming a wobble in the first set to come back strong and eventually wear down his opponent. The Tsitsipas-Fritz match promises to be an exciting encounter, with both players in top form and eager to go deep in the tournament it will be a real treat to watch.

Fritz is a good and respectable tennis player, but anything but the victory of Tsitsipas will be a real surprise. In second place in the men's draw, Italian Yannik Siner continued his impressive march, convincingly defeating Argentine Sebastian Baez (6:0, 6:1, 6:3).

Sinner has yet to lose a set in the tournament, and is one of the top 3 favorites to win the tournament. In another intriguing match, Russian Karen Khachanov battled through a tough four-set affair against Czech Tomas Makhach (6:4, 7:6(4), 4:6, 7:6(5)).

Khachanov's fighting spirit and powerful punches proved to be too much for Makhach, so in the next round he made a potentially explosive clash with Siner. The Australian Open is heating up, and with Tsitsipas, Fritz, Siner and Khachanova through to the fourth round, the men's draw promises plenty of excitement as the best of the best have moved on.

The battle for the Australian Open crown is wide open, and most tennis players consider this tournament the most important of the season.

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