Stefanos Tsitsipas continues his bid for a maiden Grand Slam title when he takes on German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Australian Open second round on Wednesday.
Stefanos Tsitsipas ?? vs Philipp Kohlschreiber ?? Match Info
Date: Wednesday January 22
Tournament: Australian Open R2
Court: Melbourne Arena
Time: 2.30pm local time (3.30pm GMT)
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Philipp Kohlschreiber Head-to-Head
Tsitsipas leads 2-0
2018 | Stockholm QF | Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6(4)
2018 | Dubai R16 | Tsitsipas 4-6 6-3 6-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Philipp Kohlschreiber Match Preview
Tsitsipas couldn’t have got his Australian Open campaign off to a better start on Monday night, sweeping past the challenge of Stefano Caruso in straight sets on Margaret Court Arena.
It was a ruthless performance from Tsitsipas, with the Greek losing just nine points in the opening set before completing a dominant 6-0 6-2 6-3 victory in one hour and 43 minutes. Tsitsipas was on fire behind his first serve, winning 33 of 36 points, closing out the match with his eighth ace.
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Returning to the scene of his initial Grand Slam breakthrough after beating Roger Federer en route to the semi-finals in Melbourne last year, Tsitsipas reflected on that tournament after beating Caruso.
“I came in not as the favourite, and I remember winning every single match in four sets [against Matteo Berrettini, Viktor Troicki, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Roger Federer and Roberto Bautista Agut,” said Tsitsipas. “I feel number four was my favourite number, but I’m glad I didn’t have go four sets today.
“Last year was outstanding; I get goosebumps just thinking about what I went through, and I hope for something similar this year or even better.”
After capping a brilliant 2019 by winning the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London, big things are expected of Tsitsipas in 2020. However, he must be weary of previous ATP Finals champions in their failures to back up that triumph the next season, namely Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev in recent years, with both of those players really struggling and still yet to recapture their best tennis..
Tsitsipas seems to be wired differently however, and despite an up-and-down ATP Cup campaign for Greece, where he beat Zverev but lost to Denis Shapovalov and Alex de Minaur, the 21-year-old appears ready to light up Melbourne Park once again. Can he take down one of the most experienced players on tour in the second round?
Kohlschreiber is playing his 15th Australian Open main draw, with the German possessing a solid 22-14 record at the first Grand Slam of the year. The 36-year-old advanced all the way to the fourth round on his debut appearance in 2005 and reached the second week again in 2008 and 2012, with Kohlschreiber playing – in my opinion – the best match of his life when he beat Andy Roddick in five sets at the former. Kohlschreiber has also taken sets off Rafael Nadal on two separate occasions in Melbourne, so it’s safe to say he feels comfortable in these conditions.
A winner of eight ATP titles and a Grand Slam quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2012, along with taking 25 top 10 scalps, Kohlschreiber has been a very solid player for a very long time – however, naturally he has taken a tumble down the rankings in recent years as he enters the twilight of his career. Nevertheless, Kohlschreiber has finished inside the top 100 for the last 16 years, ending 2019 at No. 79, with his highlight last year undoubtedly coming when he earned a first win over a World No. 1 in 12 attempts, conquering Novak Djokovic to make the fourth round at Indian wells. Kohlschreiber started 2020 on the Challenger Tour – and it proved to be a smart decision as he prevailed in Canberra (Bendigo), defeating the rising Emil Ruusuvuori in the final, while he defeated American wildcard Marcos Giron in straight sets in the Australian Open first round on Monday.
Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Philipp Kohlschreiber Prediction
Tsitsipas beat Kohlschreiber twice in 2018 during his breakout season on tour and he should make it three at the Australian Open. The Greek is a better player than he was two years ago, while Kohlschreiber – who is still capable of some excellent shotmaking – has naturally lost a step or two. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tsitsipas dropped a set, like all of his matches in Melbourne last year, but he won’t be losing this one.