Fifth seed Stephanos Tsitipas was surprised that he easily defeated French legend Gilles Simon 6–1, 6–2 and 6–1 in his Australian Open on Tuesday (9). The 22-year-old seemed inspired by number one in the Greek women’s rankings, Ash Barty, who had double tapped Danca Kovinic in the light of Rod Laver Arena in 44 minutes in the previous match.
Titsipas, who reached the first Grand Slam match after defeating Alex de Minaur and Roberto Bautista Agut, without losing the ATP Cup set, needed just an hour and 32 minutes to finish an unusually fast match on the main court.
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A semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2019, he made very little effort and was only threatened by a 36-year-old rival and 66th serve violation by the world.
“I don’t know what to say. Obviously, I didn’t expect it to be that easy,” Tsitsipas said during the interview after the win. “I was surprised”. “It was a great game from my side. I think I played a great game from beginning to end.”
In his first bout with the former world number six, Tsitsipas lost only five points in the first five games. He broke Simon’s serve twice in the first two sets and three times in the third.
Greek confirmed 82% of its first services and made 25 the winner (Winning points), many of them with him Backhand A sensational hand, against Simon’s six. WhatsApp was pleased to save some energy on the court.
Roland Garros’ semifinalist said, “I have a clear vision of where I want to return and start this point, so I think I have taken the lead since the beginning of the ball exchange.”