Tsitsipas Thrills Melbourne’s Vocal Greek Supporters, Beats Caruso at Australian Open (Photos +Video)

Supporters of Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hold up a banner during his first round match against Italy's Salvatore Caruso at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

MELBOURNE – Stefanos Tsitsipas thrilled his vocal Greek supporters with a 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 win over Salvatore Caruso at Margaret Court Arena.

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.

Containing those fires was alleviated somewhat by heavy rain that forced suspension of all outside matches by mid-afternoon. Play will begin a half-hour early on Tuesday in an attempt to clear the backlog. The forecast is for improved weather on Tuesday.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, right, is congratulated by Italy’s Salvatore Caruso after winning their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Supporters of Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece cheer him on during his first round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after defeating Italy’s Salvatore Caruso in their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece makes a forehand return to Italy’s Salvatore Caruso during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece makes a forehand return to Italy’s Salvatore Caruso during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece makes a backhand return to Italy’s Salvatore Caruso during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)