Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Viktor Troicki
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Viktor Troicki meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a four sets win over Matteo Berrettini that took 45 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 81 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 75 percent of his total service points and saved both of his break points. Tsitsipas has been a bit shaky to start the new year and he did have 49 unforced errors in his opening match, so there is reason for some concern at the moment. The good news is Tsitsipas won majority of the big points in his three hour match and didn’t allow his serve to get broken at all. Tsitsipas has a chance to make the third round of a grand slam for the second time in his career. Tsitsipas has won four of his last six matches on hard court.
Viktor Troicki is coming off a five sets win over Roberto Carballes Baena that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Troicki won 71 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Troicki played a five set match that took just two and a half hours to complete due to the first four sets being decided in eight or less games. Troicki hit 34 winners and produced five breaks in the first round victory. Still, Troicki is coming off probably the most bizarre opening match on either side of this years Australian Open. Troicki hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the eighth time since 2015. Troicki has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Tsitsipas could be in trouble in this match when you factor in his shaky start to the season and the fact his opening match was filled with a high number of unforced errors. Troicki is also used to winning in grand slams, while Tsitsipas is still a young star who is searching for the breakthrough moment on the big stage. Experience often plays a big roll when it comes to grand slam play, so an upset wouldn’t be all that shocking.
Still, I’m giving Tsitsipas the edge, as Troicki struggled with his serve at times in his opener and doesn’t have that second gear he can tap into the way Tsitsipas does. Tsitsipas is the better, more talented player at the end of the day. This match will be competitive, however.