Stefanos Tsitsipas will have his work cut out on Day 5 of the Australian Open when he takes on a potentially dangerous Milos Raonic for a spot in the fourth round. The Greek achieved his career best slam result in Melbourne last year, losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal at the semi-finals stage.
It is hard to tell if Milos Raonic will return to the level that saw him make slam finals and be a constant in the top 10 but the Canadian is still blessed with a huge serve that can make that attempt a bit more easier. He has hit 28 aces so far in routine wins over Lorenzo Giustino and Christian Garin to make it this far and one more win would make it five straight slams he has made the last 16 dating back to Wimbledon 2018.
Tsitsipas will be well rested coming into this one after he was given a walkover by Philipp Kohlschreiber in round two. That followed a dominant win over Salvatore Caruso in his opener, dropping just five games in victory. There were some disappointments for Tsitsipas following his great run in Melbourne but the Greek reminded everyone he is still a top player in taking the ATP Finals title at the end of last season. He puts some of that success down to a change in mindset. “Before I was very inconsistent with my emotions. I could become, in a few of the matches, suddenly angry and frustrated… I’ve been really working on this. I think being balanced in my head and thinking in a straight line will help me.” he said before the tournament.
Tsitsipas will go into this one as the favourite but it will be tough against an opponent who is still capable of delivering on the big stage, even if season consistency has dropped off a bit. An intriguing fourth round awaits the winner with either Marin Cilic or Roberto Bautista Agut up next for the winner.
Prediction – Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets