Tsitsipas Beats Troicki, Comes Closer to Potential Meeting with Federer

Supporters of Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas cheer him on during his second round match against Serbia's Viktor Troicki at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round and closer to a potential meeting with defending champion Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.

The Greek 20-year-old beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 but wasted a lot of break-point opportunities as the Serbian player saved 15 of 19 chances created by Tsitsipas.

Considered one of the new breed of young talented players on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won at Stockholm last year and was a finalist in two other tournaments.

He will next play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in the fourth round.

Spectators watch Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, left, their second round match against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas serves to Serbia’s Viktor Troicki during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates a point win over Serbia’s Viktor Troicki during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)