Australian Open 2021 - Stefanos Tsitsipas battles past Thanasi Kokkinakis in marathon five-setter
Stefanos Tsitsipas had enough in the tank to battle past Thanasi Kokkinakis in a five-set thriller 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 6-7(5) 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to move into the third round after what was a gruelling encounter against one of the home favourites. Tsitsipas was forced to give everything against the Australian.
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates winning match point in his Men's Singles second round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia during day four of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
Stefanos Tsitsipas was forced to fight his way through a five-set marathon against Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis in their Australian Open second-round clash.
The 24-year-old Kokkinakis, who defeated Soon Woo Kwon in straight sets to register his first main draw win in the Australian Open since 2015, ultimately came up just short against the number five seed, who improved as the match progressed.
Tsitsipas, who reached the semi-finals in 2019, is unbeaten in the second round of this tournament and he showed once again why he is considered one of the best young players on tour, regaining his composure after a tricky opening set.