Gilles Simon’s Australian Open campaign ended in 92 unceremonious minutes on Tuesday with a straight sets loss on Rod Laver Arena to fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Simon, a former world number six, has dropped to 66 in the rankings. But the 36-year-old Frenchman possesses guile to cause an upset.
However, Tsitsipas was too vigilant in their first meeting on the circuit and blew him off the court 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
“I obviously wasn't expecting it to come so easy," said the Greek. "I was surprised.
"It was a great match from my side. I think I played a spectacular match from the beginning to the end."
"I know I can press a lot with my forehand and also create damage on my backhand side, with my down-the-line backhand, which is my favourite shot,” added Tsitsipas.
“It has been giving me a lot of points and once it is there, I honestly feel very comfortable playing anyone.”
The 22-year-old will next take on the local hero Thanasi Kokkinakis, who breezed past Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.