January 20, 2020 / 10:09 AM / a month ago

REFILE-Tennis-Tsitsipas blasts past Italy's Caruso in Australian Open first round

(Refiles to restore dropped player’s name in first paragraph)

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - 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. 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.

Tsitsipas had three match points on Caruso’s serve at 5-2 but could not convert any of them. He finally secured victory on his own serve with an ace down the middle of the court after an hour and 45 minutes.

The 21-year-old will next play the winner of the match between Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber and American Marcos Giron. (Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Alison Williams)

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