Tsitsipas Survives Sinner Test At Australian Open, Korda Wins In 5; Djokovic v De Minaur Tonight

by Staff | January 22nd, 2023, 11:57 am

Stefanos Tsitsipas returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals for a third straight year surviving a stern test from Jannik Sinner 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in four hours Sunday night.

“It was a long match, guys, I feel like I spent an entire century in this court playing tennis,” said Tsitsipas told the crowd. “It felt so long. What a great night.

“I’m really excited to be sharing moments like this on the court, especially in Australia. I’m trying to do my best out here, it’s not easy. I had an unbelievable opponent on the other side of the court today, playing incredible tennis in the third and fourth sets.”

Tsitsipas improves to 5-1 against the hard-luck Italian who has fallen in five sets to the eventual champions in the last two Grand Slams.

Sinner will rue on finishing 4-for-26 on break chances. Sinner went 1-for-6 in the first set and 1-for-2 in the second but never had a look in the fifth. Tsitsipas broke for 4-2 and never looked back.

In his fourth Australian Open quarterfinal, Tsitsipas will face newcomer Jiri Lehecka. The 21-year-old Czech ousted Felix Auger-Aliassime in four sets 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

Lehecka had never won a Grand Slam match (0-4) until the Australian Open. On Sunday, he looked far from a newcomer using an all court game and a solid serve to frustrate the Canadian who was error-prone in both breakers.

“Honestly, it feels amazing,” said Lehecka after. “It’s tough for me to find some words because what we’ve been through last year and now coming back to Australia. [I lost] in the first round last year, so of course if somebody had told me before the tournament that I would play like this, then I wouldn’t believe them, but I’m super happy that I’m through and I’m excited.”

Popular pick Sebastian Korda won a thriller defeating good friend Hubert Hurkacz in a fifth set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(10-7).

Hurkacz, who was trying to win a third straight three set match, was up early in the breaker 3-1 before a flurry of errors helped Korda win six straight points. Hurkacz managed to level at 7-all but the American came up with the goods to reach his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal.

“I couldn’t have done it without you guys. You guys pushed me through,” Korda told the crowd on court. “I wasn’t feeling too much energy towards the fourth and the fifth, but you guys really picked me up and without you guys I don’t think it would have been possible today, so thank you.”

Korda will now take on the powerful Karen Khachanov who held off a late charge from Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0, 6-0, 7-6(5). The Russian was up 2-0 in the third and had designs on a rare triple bagel before Nishioka go back in the match.

Monday in the Melbourne will see the last of the fourth round matches. Novak Djokovic will again test his left hamstring against Australian Alex De Minaur in a first meeting.

Americans will have another player in the quarterfinal as JJ Wolf and Ben Shelton clash. Holger Rune battles Andrey Rublev and Tommy Paul takes on Roberto Bautista Agut.

Rod Laver Arena – 11:00 AM
Not before: 12:30 PM
SWIATEK, Iga (POL) [1] vs. RYBAKINA, Elena (KAZ) [22]
HURKACZ, Hubert (POL) [10] vs. KORDA, Sebastian (USA) [29]
7:00 PM
TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE) [3] vs. SINNER, Jannik (ITA) [15]
AZARENKA, Victoria [24] vs. ZHU, Lin (CHN)

Margaret Court Arena – 11:00 AM
Not before: 1:00 PM
OSTAPENKO, Jelena (LAT) [17] vs. GAUFF, Coco (USA) [7]
Not before: 3:30 PM

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6 Comments for Tsitsipas Survives Sinner Test At Australian Open, Korda Wins In 5; Djokovic v De Minaur Tonight

Wog Boy Says:

Good job Rublev👍🇷🇺

Dave Says:

I watched the match. It was crazy. Very up and down tennis by both players. Super happy for Rublev.

Wog Boy Says:

Zed, you were right!
Clinical display by Nole against this little prick with boys moustache who was enjoying Nole’s deportation last year.
What disgusting move by channel 9, having 3 Aussie commentators with Jim Courier, who was desperately trying to stay neutral and objective, meanwhile Millman, Hewitt and third one were openly cheering boy with moustache even Hewitt sitting in his players box as a sign of support and commentating from the players box. No wonder Kyrgios doesn’t want to do anything with Hewitt.

Next match is Rublev vs Nole, I’ll be happy with either win.

Giles Says:

“Meanwhile Millman, Hewitt and third one we’re openly cheering boy with moustache ……”
Lolol. Of course they would cheer boy with moustache. They are all countrymen no?
Sooo what’s the latest on the faker’s false hamstring problem? Oops sorry he recovered overnight! Sheeeeesh!
Effin 🤡🤡🤡

Wog Boy Says:

Gisele, they are assigned and paid to be professional commentators and not cheerleaders, but how would you know the difference.
I have never heard Jim Courier cheering American players at AO, can’t remember American commentators at USO also openly cheering American players not to say to go to their player’s box a do the commentary from the player’s box, but again, how would you know the difference Gisele, your hate is eating you.

As for injury, how is going with hip, abbs, foot, knees, ribs etc etc?
BTW, how did permanently injured go few weeks ago with De Minaur, I can’t remember, or Rafa was injured in 7 out of 8 last matches, 7 he lost, you know his “I don’t want to take anything out of opponent’s win …. but I was injured “?

zed Says:

WB, I love my home, I love the geography, I love the wealthy life, I love the climate, but I have always been aware that we are a parochial people, most particularly the media people.

I’m guessing it’s something to do with geographic isolation but it is what it is.

You see it on a smaller scale as well. If you go to Perth and they are talking about or reporting on a football match and the report takes say 5 minutes, they will spend 30 seconds on the match and then 4 minutes 30 seconds talking about the two West Australian players in the match.

Just do what I do, ignore it all. Have a cold drink and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Giles, 2023 will become increasingly difficult for you but I’m confident you will get through it and be all the stronger from the experience.

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