ATP Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas follows Daniil Medvedev into the last 16



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ATP Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas follows Daniil Medvedev into the last 16

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the last 16 at the Australian Open for the third time after a hard-fought 6-3, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 triumph over Benoit Paire in two hours and 42 minutes. Paire gave his best to challenge a better-ranked opponent on Rod Laver Arena, battling hard after the opener and hitting the exit door after getting broken in the fourth set's tenth game.

Stefanos hit 21 aces and made the difference with the first serve, never losing serve from only two chances offered to Benoit and delivering three breaks to emerge at the top and advance into the last 16. The Greek had the upper hand with 47 winners and 26 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and forging the victory in the shortest rallies up to four strokes.

Stefanos held at 15 in the encounter's opening game with a service winner and grabbed a break in the next one following Benoit's backhand mistake.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the last 16 at the Australian Open.

The Frenchman fended off two break chances in the fourth game with service winners and fired one from his backhand to bring the game home and get his name on the scoreboard.

Both players held after deuce in games six, seven and eight, and Tsitsipas brought the opener home with a hold at 15 at 5-3 after 32 minutes. Stefanos defended two break chances in the second set's second game and barely dropped a point behind the initial shot to keep the pressure on the other side.

Paire erased three break chances in game three with winners and stayed neck and neck with the better-ranked opponent until 5-5. Tsitsipas grabbed a break in the 11th game following his rival's backhand mistake and sealed the set with a service winner a few minutes later for a massive advantage.

The Greek served well in the third set, but this time, there were no errors from the other side of the net, as the Frenchman survived two challenging games to reach a tie break. Paire claimed the tie break 7-2 to extend the duel and gather a boost ahead of set number four.

Benoit saved a break point in the opening service game and stayed on the positive side until 4-4, hoping to reach another tie break. Tsitsipas held at 30 in the ninth game with a service winner and broke at love in the next one with a deep return to seal the deal and find himself in the last 16.