Australian Open News | Roger Rasheed’s concern for vulnerable Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas may be the third seed in this year’s Australian Open men’s draw, but Roger Rasheed says the Greek is showing signs of vulnerability.
Speaking on Stan Sport Daily Grand Slamthe former Lleyton Hewitt manager called Tsitsipas “fun to watch” but open to surprise.
The 24-year-old is still looking for his first Grand Slam success.
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In 2021, he reached the Roland Garros final only to come face to face with Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller.
Tsitsipas has made the Australian Open semi-final three times (2019, 2021, 2022).
Heading into this year’s Grand Slam, only Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud have higher seeds.
Tsitsipas beat Quentin Halys of France in straight sets on Monday and will face Australian Rinky Hijikata on Wednesday in the second round.
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“Pretty clean, no doubt about it,” Rasheed said of Tsitsipas’ opening performance.
“He hit the ball well and moved well. I’m just watching what their position is like on the pitch and if they’re stepping up a gear because it’s not full throttle in the first game, but it’s about getting through the gears and I like that.
“Is he one of the greats who can win? He’s the third seed. I still think there’s a bit of vulnerability with Stefanos, but he’s fun to watch.”
Tsitsipas wins the first round of the AO
Tsitsipas looked at ease in his first game and offered a jovial interview, leaning into some iconic Australian slang.
“Yeah, crikey! He was a rip-sniffer homie,” he said, to the amusement of the courtside crowd.
“Really happy to play like a lizard in the water.
“I’m going all out. I’m committing. I’m training, I’m training,” he laughed when asked about the slang.
“Glad we got the cookie at the end. It was great.”
“I’m happy to be back in Australia. It’s one of my favorite places to play tennis,” he added.
“I engage in slang. I don’t often, I don’t engage in it as often when I travel, but I really enjoy it every time I come back here.
“I can see some of my cousins and it feels like home here. It’s great to be back, it’s great to have support like that.”
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