Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Rinky Hijikata
January 18, 2023 6:00 am EDT
The Line: Stefanos Tsitsipas -2000 / Rinky Hijikata +1000
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Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet Rinky Hijikata in the Second Round of the 2023 Australian Open. The match will be played on Wednesday January 18th, 2023.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is the third seed here at the 2023 Australian Open and is ranked 4th on the ATP Tour. The Greek superstar has been a staple in the top 10 in the rankings for quite some time, being very consistent without breaking through and winning his first major like many would have expected. He cruised through his First Round match against Quentin Halys in straight sets, serving extremely well and controlling the tempo of the match from the start. This continued the momentum that he built at the United Cup, winning all of his matches as Greece reached the Semi-Finals. He is the massive favorite here against local player Rinky Hijikata and it would take a serious meltdown and lots of fan pressure for this to be a close one here.
Rinky Hijikata had a dream Grand Slam debut last year at the US Open, winning a set from Rafael Nadal, making a name for himself in the process. He won his first ever match at this level here in the First Round, defeating Yannick Hanfmann in a tight five setter, coming from two sets down to win in fantastic fashion. The young Aussie is solid enough and will have the loud crowd behind him, but it will take nothing short of a miracle for him to extend his stay here at Melbourne Park.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is as reliable as they come in the early rounds of Grand Slams and he should have no trouble getting by Rinky Hijikata here. The Aussie has been impressive lately, but most of that has been at the Challenger level and he is a bit out of his depth here. He will put up a massive fight and the crowd may unnerve Tsitsipas for stretches, but will go down here. Back Tsitsipas to win here with extreme confidence, moving on to the Third Round of the 2023 Australian Open.