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Confused Tsitsipas beats Paire with out realizing it

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 22, 2022 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates profitable his third spherical match in opposition to France’s Benoit Paire REUTERS/Morgan Sette

MELBOURNE—Stefanos Tsitsipas staved off the incendiary Benoit Paire to achieve the Australian Open fourth spherical on Saturday after a tricky 6-3 7-5 6-7(2) 6-4 however was oblivious that he had gained after changing match level.

Paire dunked a forehand into the web on the primary of three match factors on a steamy afternoon at Rod Laver Enviornment, however fourth seed Tsitsipas walked to the again of the court docket moderately than strategy the web as followers cheered within the terraces.

The Greek turned on his heel with shock on his face when the end result was known as over the loudspeaker by the chair umpire.

He then jogged ahead to acknowledge Paire earlier than bounding across the court docket with a correct celebration.

A twice semi-finalist at Melbourne Park, Tsitsipas was spared queries on the fake pas by the on-court interviewer.

“I’m fairly glad with that win, Benoit is somebody I say is likely one of the largest stars in our sport,” he instructed him.

It was a second serving to of confusion for Tsitsipas within the match, having been cautioned for courtside teaching earlier within the contest.

“I do not know,” Tsitsipas instructed reporters of the warning.

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 22, 2022 Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and France's Benoit Paire shake hands after their third round match

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 22, 2022 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and France’s Benoit Paire shake fingers after their third spherical match REUTERS/Morgan Sette

“I used to be actually distant from my coach, and with my again dealing with the opposite approach, so I used to be simply laughing as a result of I don’t know the place that got here from. It was fully sudden.”

Most different issues went properly for Tsitsipas on the day, barring the third set tiebreak, the place he inexplicably crumbled to let Paire again within the match.

Tsitsipas was then on the again foot in opposition to the Frenchman, who stored in contact with a net-rushing bravado whereas knocking the Greek off his stride with some deft drop photographs.

Nevertheless, Tsitsipas discovered solace in his serve, which was just about untouchable till 4-4 within the last set when he got here below some stress at 30-30.

Paire swore and berated himself after letting Tsitsipas off the hook with errors after which served up a double-fault to reward the Greek match factors.

French Open finalist Tsitsipas will meet American Taylor Fritz for a spot within the quarter-finals, as he continues his bid for a primary Grand Slam title.

“Massive server, large hitter. He has weapons,” he stated of Fritz.

“I’ll actually have to remain constant and preserve pushing him again.”


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