Stefanos Tsitsipas has always said he feels at home in Melbourne, and his persistence at the Australian Open is proof of that The Greek star made it into the third round in Melbourne on Thursday for the third straight year Park and won 6: 7 (5) 6: 4: 6: 1: 6: 7 (5) 6: 4 against Thanasi Kokkinakis

World # 6 bounced back from a loss and wiped out a Kokkinakis comeback attempt to book a match of the last 32 with his training partner Mikael Ymer from Sweden

“I just want to take an ice bath, that’s all I think about,” Tsitsipas said after the four-hour 32-minute fight

“Thanasi is a great competitor and a great fighter. It was very difficult to see him today

“He hasn’t been able to play for all these years due to injuries he has had and it was a great shame because we missed someone who wasn’t with us on the tour”I am very happy to see him again at a very high level”

It was a heroic performance by Kokkinakis, who hadn’t played in a Grand Slam since the 2019 US Open.But Tsitsipas relied on his experience to scrape through

Tsitsipas is Greece’s most successful tennis player in history and was thrilled for his first meeting with Kokkinakis, a South Australian with Greek roots ranked 267th in the world

Tsitsipas, 22, made waves in Melbourne in 2019 when he defeated Roger Federer en route to his first Grand Slam semi-final, returning to the last four stages of a major at Roland Garros in 2020 and hoping to break that barrier and to reach his first slam final in these fortnight

Like Tsitsipas, Kokkinakis has a win over Federer on his resume (in Miami 2018) But a string of serious injuries has plagued his career, and he made it to Melbourne this year after playing just six Tour-level games in 2019 before being sidelined for the entire 2020 season

Kokkinakis, who received a wild card to the event, hadn’t won a major draw game at the Australian Open six years before his first-round release from Kwon Soon-Woo on Tuesday.His tearful reaction to the win showed how tough he was has struggled to get back to that point

Supported from the stands by a large group of friends and family, including this week’s doubles partner Nick Kyrgios, the popular Australian is friends with Tsitsipas and has spent time with the Greek and his family in the south of France the past But all courtesies were brushed aside when they stepped onto the pitch at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday

Kokkinakis and Tsitsipas were neck to neck throughout the opening set, saving a pair of break points each in the first eight games

Tsitsipas increased the pressure while Kokkinakis was used to stay in set The Greek aimed at his opponent’s backhand to create multiple breakpoints, but on a clutch of Kokkinakis he was able to save two set points for 5-5

The set appropriately drew and it was Kokkinakis who made it close, benefiting from a Tsitsipas double fault to secure the lead in 64 minutes

After Kokkinakis saved all eight breakpoints he faced during this phase of the game, he eventually gave up a service game on Tsitsipas’ ninth chance His backhand dropped him to 1-2 in the second set

That break was all it took Tsitsipas to finish the match as the fifth seed blew through his own service games to scoop up the second set in 45 minutes

Tsitsipas was in a hurry in the third, but Kokkinakis slowed him down in the fourth, rescuing a match point and forcing a tiebreaker.The Australian saw a 5-1 lead in the breaker but he stopped Tsitsipas’ comeback and secured the set with one sensational backhand winner The statistics sheet for the fourth set read like a Tsitsipas win, but it was Kokkinakis who was hit the hardest

Kokkinakis avoided an early disappointment in the fifth set by saving four break points in his first two service games He stalled in game five, however, when Tsitsipas took a 4-2 lead and retained his advantage of securing his spot in the third round

He signed the camera with the following text: “Young, wild and free – three words that aptly describe Tsitsipas and the younger generation on tour

“I think we are a generation of great players, we have a lot of different players, those who lag behind, those who come into the net, there is so much variety, there is so much variety among us,” said Tsitsipas / p>

“I think we’re going to see really good tennis in the next few years and I think this is going to make it really interesting, we’re all fighting for the # 1 point that is fighting to be on top I think that is currently much more interesting than the top three ”

Tennis Australia recognizes that the AO takes place in Aboriginal land and we thank the traditional owners, their ancestors and elders past, present and genesis, and all of the First Nations people

Kokkinakis, Alex de Minaur, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Tsitsipas, De Minaur, Stefanos Tsitsipas

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