Tallon Greek track has convincingly qualified for the third round of the Australian Open at the expense of Botic van de Zandschulp on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Dutchman was too strong for his higher-ranked compatriot in Melbourne without handing in a set.
Greek track and Van de Zandschulp had to wait for hours until it was their turn. Rain caused the Australian Open program to be significantly delayed. The Dutch were eventually assigned to runway 17.
On the back track with little crowd, the Greek track was more consistent from the start. The number 63 defeated the global number 34 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4. The game ended at 12:05 AM local time.
In the next round, Greek track, who recently showed form by winning the ATP tournament in Pune, will face top player Stéfanos Tsitsipás. Earlier in the day, the number four in the world had no problem with Australian Rinky Hijikata: 6-3, 6-0 and 6-2.
It is the first time for the Greek track that he has reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament. In his previous two Australian Open participations, the opening and second rounds, respectively, were the final stations.
Greek track had the initiative against Van de Zandschulp from the start on Wednesday. It led to a break in the fifth game, after which the number 63 in the world used his second set point at 5-4.
The game image was not much different in the second set. Van de Zandschulp immediately surrendered his service and failed to repair that damage. In the third set he himself was the first to force a break, but then he himself surrendered his serve twice. Greek track used his first match point with an ace.
With his victory over Van de Zandschulp, Glazenspoor takes revenge for the last mutual meeting. Last month he lost out to his compatriot in the battle for the Dutch title.
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