Even after indoor practice, Tsitsipas coughed a lot in toxic Melbourne air

Even after indoor practice, Tsitsipas coughed a lot in toxic Melbourne air

Even after indoor practice, Tsitsipas coughed a lot in toxic Melbourne air

Later, he experienced it on the court.

Stefanos Tsitsipas put on a commanding performance in his opening match at the Australian Open on Monday, with a thumping 6-0 6-2 6-3 win over Italy's Salvatore Caruso.

Things weren't so comfortable for the Italian.

Caruso, ranked 95th in the world, looked hopelessly outplayed throughout and his troubles were compounded after a finger on his right hand started bleeding from a cut early in the final set.

"[That] attitude doesn't really belong in tennis", Tsitsipas said.

Sixth-ranked Tsitsipas has been touted as a potential victor at Melbourne Park where he had beaten Roger Federer in the fourth round amid a sensational run to the semi-finals past year.

"I hope they come with new chants", statedTsitsipas "I hear the same every single year".

But Tsitsipas said he was now a different player.

"I think here previous year it was more of a surprise, more of a shock, no pressure at all".

"His temperament I'm a little concerned about, he lost it a little bit in the ATP Cup when he happened to injure his father on the arm, it wasn't too bad, but I think Stefanos, he has to pace himself a little bit but I believe he is the one". I also think what I feel now compared to before, I'm just very sure with myself. "Past year I did feel more as a kid who was trying to get confidence by doing certain things on the court", Tsitsipas said.

Tsitsipas has been adopted by the large local Greek population in Melbourne and even has a souvlaki named after him at his favorite restaurant, with all proceeds doing to the charity appeal for the local wildfires that have hit the region.

Bidding to reach the second round for the first time, Caruso perked up in the second set, showing more backbone to win two games.

"I really like that they come and support me because that gives me a lot of positives in my game".

Tsitsipas is rated by many as the most likely to break the three-year grip Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have held on the Grand Slam titles and the 21-year-old Greek said he wants to play his best tennis on the big stage.

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