Nikoloz Basilashvili Kicks off Australian Open with Two Victories

Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili has got his Australian Open off to a good start, winning two matches.

The Australian Open tournament began on 8th January. Basilashvili played his first match against American player Christopher Eubanks on 14th January. Basilashvili beat the 170th seed 6:4, 4:6, 7:6 (6), 6:3.

On 16 January, he faced Italian Stefano Travaglia, the 137th seed. The five-set match resulted in another victory for Basilashvili: 3:6, 6:3, 3:6, 6:4, 6:4. 

Basilashvili’s will next play the 15th Seed, Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas. It will be the first time the two players have met on the court.

Basilashvili, originally from Tbilisi, is seeded 20th in the world according to the ATP rankings. It is the highest position of his career so far. 

by Amy Jones 

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17 January 2019 16:15