Tennis Australia News, 2021 Australian Open Section 8 of R1 Game Report: Stefanos Tsitspas v Gilles Simon

Stefanos Tsitspas fired off to a flying start at Rod Laver Arena. With a comfortable build up base to get past Gilles Simon by the halfway mark. Before the World No.5 from Greece won stage one 6-1. Not hard from Tsitspas to get this done in 25 mins.

While Simon was blown away what the Greek demonstrated earlier on. When the Frenchman struggled mightily with the feel needed. Having unable to catch up with Tsitspas. He only just registered one point against Tsitspas when he first led 5-0.

Simon eventually began to find some ground after the break. So the foundations are there at last from the Frenchman. But still lacks the consistency at large. As Tsitspas again pulled off a big lead with another set win 6-2. Having executed on both ways in just within 60 minutes/one hour. Despite Simon won another late point in Stage 2 after 1-4.

And Tsitspas in the end demonstrated a fantastic performance. Where he has the tools to wrap up a productive game at all times. As the World No.5 makes it to Round 2 of the 2021 Australian Open. The final score is 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. His next opponent will be Thanasi Kokkinakis. He may the Greek heritage through his family bloodline. But Kokkinakis is Australian.

So Tsitspas able to blow out Simon left, right & center. He always found a way to find the middle ground. And extend his lead on each set. Where Simon is on the contrary. Then the Frenchman left little time to bounce back. Despite some small improvements as it progresses. But Simon at large stuck in first/second gear. In a way to put pressure back on Tsitspas. He is age 36 though. As Simon is within the twilight zone before the retirement door.

Day 2 of Australian Open Tennis is now completed. Especially with Australian & Women’s World No.1 Ash Barty got it too easy. When she beat fair and square against Danka Kovincic from Montenegro 6-0, 6-0. Her next opponent is Daria Gavrilova who originally comes from Russia. But now is a naturalised Aussie living in Melbourne. We cannot wait for an thrilling Day 3 dose of Grand Slam Tennis.