Stefanos Tsitsipas targets the fourth round of the Australian Open when he comes up against French teenager Luca Van Assche on Friday.
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Tsitsipas vs Van Assche Match Details
🎾 Competition: Australian Open R3
🗓 Date: Friday January 19
⏰ Time: 1.30pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: Rod Laver Arena
Tsitsipas vs Van Assche Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the players.
Tsitsipas vs Van Assche Preview
It hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing, but Tsitsipas has successfully navigated a tricky path to the third round and he will be confident of securing his place in the second week when he meets the inexperienced Van Assche on Friday.
Tsitsipas struggled to produce his best tennis for the bulk of 2023 and he’s continued to play sub-par tennis to begin this season, losing in straight sets to Alexander Zverev in the United Cup and dropping sets to Zizou Bergs and Jordan Thompson at the Australian Open.
The World No. 7 was fortunate not to be stretched to five sets in the second round against local hope Thompson on Wednesday night, saving four set points in the fourth set before eventually prevailing in the tiebreak.
Meanwhile, Van Assche has advanced to the third round of a major for the first time in his young career courtesy of back-to-back five-set triumphs over James Duckworth and Lorenzo Musetti.
After competing in the Next Gen Finals at the end of last season, Van Assche will be hoping to establish himself on the main tour in 2024 and he’s off to the best possible start.
However, consecutive five-setters has likely taken a lot out of the 19-year-old, who isn’t used to playing so much tennis at this level over a short space of time. Likely Van Assche’s race has been run in Melbourne, so Tsitsipas shouldn’t have much trouble covering a -5.5 games handicap here – even if he’s still below his best.