Australian Open 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas places friendship apart to swat Sweden’s Mikael Ymer

Australian Open 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas places friendship apart to swat Sweden’s Mikael Ymer

The pair have been born inside weeks of one another and sometimes pitted collectively as juniors, however Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas swatted the Swede 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 on John Cain Enviornment.

Melbourne: Stefanos Tsitsipas put friendship apart to crush Mikael Ymer and race into the Australian Open fourth spherical on Saturday, dismantling his someday hitting associate in straight units.

The pair have been born inside weeks of one another and sometimes pitted collectively as juniors, however Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas swatted the Swede 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 on John Cain Enviornment.

He’ll now play both big-hitting ninth seed Matteo Berrettini or Nineteenth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov for a spot within the final eight as he targets a maiden Grand Slam title.

“It took a while to get used to situations on John Cain. However I am very proud of my sport. I confirmed good high quality of tennis in the present day,” mentioned Tsitsipas.

“Mikael is somebody I’ve recognized for a very long time and it is fairly essential for me to have battles like this towards him, and for the following technology of tennis as effectively,” he added.

“All of us have been working very arduous to get the place we’re in the present day.”

Tsitsipas mentioned earlier than the match that he had recognized Ymer “like, since a child” and the 22-year-olds have been quarantine coaching companions once they arrived in Australia for the opening Grand Slam of the yr.

Regardless of their affinity, that they had solely performed one another as soon as earlier than at Tour stage, with Tsitsipas claiming a 6-1, 6-3 victory final yr in Marseille.

Ymer, ranked 95, shocked final month’s Delray Seaside titlist Hubert Hurkacz within the opening spherical then overcame 17-year-old Spanish wunderkind Carlos Alcaraz, however he was no match for the Greek.

Tsitsipas, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2019, was coming off a gruelling five-set win over Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, however confirmed few indicators of tiredness.

He took his possibilities when introduced within the opening set then romped by way of the second, powering down huge serves and hitting 10 winners.

The third set adopted the same sample with Ymer unable to take care of the Greek star’s unrelenting accuracy on service return, hitting too many unforced errors, and unable to get into the rallies.

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