Tsitsipas leads 'Next Gen' charge against Federer
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[January 19, 2019]
(Reuters) - Blessed with great
athleticism and impeccable technique, Greek youngster Stefanos
Tsitsipas will represent the new generation in their challenge to
usurp the old guard when he faces Roger Federer at Melbourne Park on
Next Gen Finals champion Tsitsipas enjoyed a breakthrough 2018
campaign and has surged to a career high ranking of 15.
Federer, making his 20th Melbourne appearance, is expecting a clash
of styles against Tsitsipas, who pushed the Swiss maestro to two
tiebreaks at the Hopman Cup earlier this month.
"I'm happy I played against him at the Hopman Cup. I think he played
really well there. I actually did too. I thought it was really
high-quality tennis," the 37-year-old told reporters.
"This is obviously a different type of match, it being best of five,
it being a fourth round of a slam, where we know now how we feel on
"I like how he mixes up his game and also comes to the net - so will
I. I think we will see some athletic attacking tennis being played."
Big-hitting Czech Tomas Berdych, who spent a big chunk of last
season on the sidelines with a back injury, will look to renew his
rivalry with second seed Rafa Nadal.
Nadal has a 19-4 head-to-head advantage, but Berdych will hope for a
repeat of his Melbourne quarter-final win in 2015.
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Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning the match against
Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Ashleigh Barty, bidding to become the first home winner of the
Australian Open since Chris O'Neill in 1978, will face her biggest
test when she takes on a rejuvenated Maria Sharapova.
The Russian displayed her title credentials with a commanding
third-round performance to knock out last year's winner Caroline
(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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