Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili
|Date & Time||Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nikoloz Basilashvili meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a four sets win over Viktor Troicki that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 78 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 65 percent of his total service points and hit 53 winners compared to 34 unforced errors. Tsitsipas has been shaky at times with his serve this year and has already dropped two sets this tournament, but he buckles down when he needs to and has hit 93 winners in his first two matches. Tsitsipas hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the second time in his career. Tsitsipas has won three of his last four matches on hard court.
Nikoloz Basilashvili is coming off a five sets win over Stefano Travaglia that took 46 games to decide. In the victory, Basilashvili won 72 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Basilashvili won 64 percent of his total service points and produced seven breaks on 13 break points. Basilashvili has played nine sets through his first two matches and has managed to advance despite having more unforced errors than winners in both matches. Of course, Basilashvili can’t make a habit of that if he’s going to make this a rare deep grand slam run. Basilashvili hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the second time in his career. Basilashvili has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Tsitsipas isn’t playing at the level he’s capable of playing at or the level he finished 2018 in, but he’s playing much better than Basilashvili, who has serious issues with his second serve and has been an unforced error machine. You can get away with those two things against lesser players, but a top-20 and a rising star such as Tsitsipas will capitalize on those mistakes.
This is a match Tsitsipas could win in straight sets, giving us his best performance of the tournament.