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Tennis news - Men's round-up: Stefanos Tsitsipas through as Tomas Berdych crushes Robin Haase

Men's round-up: Tsitsipas comes through Troicki test, Berdych crushes Hasse

16/01/2019 at 03:24Updated 16/01/2019 at 12:15

Fourteenth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a valiant effort from Viktor Troicki to book his place in the Australian Open third round.

Tsitsipas was backed by a strong Greek contingent on Court 3, and he oozed confidence at times as he held his nerve to win 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-5 on Wednesday.

Video - Highlights: Stefanos Tsitsipas shows class to down dangerman Viktor Troicki


The 20-year-old only converted four out of 19 break points during the contest, but after withstanding Troicki's test, he will now face Nikoloz Basilashvili after the Georgian defeated Stefano Travaglia in a thrilling five-setter.

Tsitsipas, who won five of his last seven matches on a hard court, reached the second round after a four-set win against the Italian Matteo Berrettini.

After coming through a scare in the second set, he will take part in the third round of a Grand Slam for the second time in his career.

Video - Tsitsipas shanks shot, hurls racket into floor


Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych needed just 20 minutes to take the first set as the Czech went on to eventually crush Robin Haase 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Berdych continued his fine form on his return to the competition following a back injury, and the former world number four dispatched the Dutchman with minimum fuss.

Video - Highlights: Berdych in ominous form as he beats Haase


The former world number 10 has made a resurgent start to 2019 and he produced another flawless display on Court 8.

The Czech is yet to have his serve broken in his first two matches this week, and he will face Diego Schwartzman after the Argentine defeated Denis Kudla in five sets.

There were no problems for Marin Cilic either with the big-serving Croatian overcoming Mackenzie McDonald despite dropping the second set.

Video - McDonald wins 2nd set against Cilic with belting backhand


The number six seed - who beat Bernard Tomic in the first round - clinched a tight opener at the Melbourne Court Arena, before the American fought back to level after a tie break.

But last year's runner-up held his nerve to eventually prevail 7-5 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4 - and he will face Fernando Verdasco in the third round after the Spaniard beat Radu Albot 6-1 7-6(2) 6-3.

Video - Fritz down Monfils to set up Federer showdown



19-Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) bt Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3

18-Diego Schwartzman (ARG) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-4 5-7 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4

14-Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB) 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-5

Andreas Seppi (ITA) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-3 6-4 6-4

Tomas Berdych (CZE) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-1 6-3 6-3

26-Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Radu Albot (MDA) 6-1 7-6(2) 6-3

Frances Tiafoe (USA) bt 5-Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5

6-Marin Cilic (CRO) bt Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 7-5 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4

3-Roger Federer (SUI) bt Dan Evans (GBR) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 6-3

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) bt Reilly Opelka (USA) 6-7(15), 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6[9-5]

10-Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Taylor Fritz (USA) bt 30-Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-7(8), 7-6(6), 7-6(5)

20-Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Pablo Cuevas (ARG) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5

22-Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) bt John Millman (AUS) 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(6), 6-4

27-Alex De Minaur (AUS) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3

2-Rafael Nadal (ESP) bt Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2