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Medvedev, Tsitsipas make Aussie Open 2nd round in four sets

Melbourne, Australia, Jan 15 (EFE).- Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the Australian Open second round after beating Frenchman Terence Atmane and Belgium’s Zizou Bergs respectively.

“When I started to suffer physically, he started with cramps. The conditions were brutal,” the Russian third seed said after the 5- 7, 6-2, 6-4, 1-0, in which Atmane retired.

The Frenchman disrupted Medvedev, who positioned himself far behind the baseline, by relying numerous times on the classic open left-handed serve, which forced him to readjust his position.

But his shine faded when his inexperience showed following the extreme heat conditions such as the ones seen Monday. Atmane’s movements slowed and Medvedev capitalized before the Frenchman called it quits.

His next rival will be Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori or American Patrick Kypson.

Tsitsipas had an uncomfortable start against Belgium’s Bergs after he “had one of the lowest first serve percentages of his career during the first set,” as he himself stated during the on-court interview.

“It was unexpected. Things like this are dangerous, when you prepare for one type of rival and then face another. It was not easy. The determination in the second set helped me turn it around,” the Greek said about the change of opponent he had after Italian Matteo Berrettini withdrew from the competition Sunday due to an ankle problem.

The current finalist, who has only lost once in the first round in Melbourne, will face the winner of the duel between Jordan Thompson and Aleksandar Vukic in the next round. EFE

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