Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman made to battle for wins

Australian Open
Stefanos Tsitsipas pointing

Stefanos Tsitsipas required three sets to reach the third round of the Australian Open while Diego Schwartzman had to go the distance.

Having won his maiden ATP Tour singles title last year, big things are expected from Tsitsipas and he certainly showed glimpses of his talent against Viktor Troicki.

However, it was anything but easy as he overcame a second-set slump to beat the Serb veteran 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 41 minutes.

The win earned him a third-round clash against 19th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili after the Georgian came through a five-setter against Stefano Travaglia, winning 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Argentine Schwartzman also battled to a five-set win as the 18th seed beat Denis Kudla from the United States 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4.

Up next for Schwartzman is former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, the man who took out British No 1 and 13th seed Kyle Edmund in the first round, as the Czech beat Robin Haase 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.


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