Mats Wilander on Stefanos Tsitsipas and his next opponent

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Mats Wilander on Stefanos Tsitsipas and his next opponent

Eurosport expert Mats Wilander spoke about the match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner. The Greek made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Wilander believes that this is a very important victory for Stefanos, considering his poor record against younger players.

“Really strong effort from Tsitsipas, and mentally a really strong effort as he lost the last time he played Alcaraz and lost the last two times he’s played Rune,” Wilander said for Eurosport.
“I think it’s really important he stamped his authority on this, ‘I have to beat these guys, they are younger than me and they are going to take away the chance to win my first slam’.
So just the fact he beat this up-and-coming guy, is huge for Tsitsipas as No.

3 seed”. Jiri Lehecka will be his opponent in the next match. Lehecka has shown tremendous quality so far and will be a danger to anyone. He has a similar style to Sinner, and Stefanos must go into this match mentally strong.

“He [Lehecka] plays not too dissimilar to Jannik Sinner,” said Wilander. “He's a great ball striker and it's not going to be that easy for Tsitsipas to hurt Lehecka. He moves extremely well

Mats Wilander on experience

Wilander believes that experience could be the key thing in this match.

“He’s most probably going to be the one that's going to try and be the most aggressive, so it's going to be up to Stefanos' problem solving skills, which he showed against Sinner that they were absolutely brilliant in that fifth set.

So it's a great match-up, it's quite a lot of a contrast in styles, but it is Lehecka who hasn't been there before, and maybe the experience of being in the quarter-finals for the first time might catch up to the youngster”.