Stefanos Tsitsipas put friendship aside to destroy Mikael Ymer and enter the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday

The pair were born within weeks and often rallied as juniors, but Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas beat the Swedes 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 at the John Cain Arena

He is now either against Matteo Berrettini, the ninth seed, or against the Russian Karen Khachanov with the 19th Seed playing for a spot in the last eight as he headed for a first Grand Slam title

“It took me some time to get used to the conditions at John Cain, but I’m very happy with my game. I showed good quality tennis today,” said Tsitsipas

“Mikael is someone I have known for a long time and it is very important for me to have such fights against him and also for the next generation of tennis,” he added

Tsitsipas said ahead of the game that he had known Ymer “since a baby” and the 22-year-olds were quarantine training partners when they arrived in Australia for the inaugural Grand Slam of the year

Despite their affinity, they had only played against each other once on tour level, with Tsitsipas taking a 6-1, 6-3 win in Marseille last year

Ymer, ranked 95, was stunned last month in the opening round of Hubert Hurkacz, the defending champion of Delray Beach, and then defeated 17-year-old Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz, but he was no match for the Greek

Tsitsipas, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2019, had taken a grueling five-set win against Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis but showed few signs of fatigue

He took his risk when featured in the opening set and then went wild through the second, skipping big serves, and hitting 10 winners

The third set followed a similar pattern, with Ymer being unable to handle the relentless accuracy of the Greek star on returning to service, making too many casual mistakes, and not being able to get into the rallies

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