Stefanos Tsitsipas confronted a take a look at on Wednesday night towards #NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda, however he performed properly sufficient in the important thing moments to cross and attain the third spherical of the Western & Southern Open.
The second seed superior 7-6(5), 6-3 after one hour and 39 minutes, setting a conflict towards Italian Lorenzo Sonego. It was Tsitsipas’ first win on the Lindner Household Tennis Middle in Cincinnati.
“He’s somebody who has been doing properly just lately. I knew I had a tough problem forward of me,” Tsitsipas mentioned of Korda in his on-court interview. “When issues received robust, I stayed there. The match was performed within the particulars.
“I used to be in a position to deliver the perfect out of my sport when issues received robust and persevere. I used to be constant all through the necessary moments and I feel simply looking for options and methods to use as a lot strain as doable. That was the important thing component at this time.”
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Final week, the 23-year-old reached the semi-finals in Toronto, however fell in need of claiming his first ATP Masters 1000 title on exhausting courts. The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion made a superb begin to his pursuit this week behind a powerful serving efficiency. Tsitsipas saved the 2 break factors he confronted and gained 89 per cent of his first-serve factors.
One passing shot was vital at 5/5 within the first-set tie-break. Korda put strain on the second seed and superior to the Greek’s forehand, however Tsitsipas replied with a superbly angled shot that dipped down on the final second to land contained in the singles line.
Korda, who tried enjoying aggressively and shifting ahead to take it to his extra skilled opponent, started making extra unforced errors on the finish of the match, permitting Tsitsipas to tug away.
Tsitsipas’ subsequent opponent, Sonego, beat American qualifier Tommy Paul 7-6(9), 6-2 earlier within the day. Of their solely earlier ATP Head2Head conflict earlier this 12 months in Miami, Tsitsipas ousted Sonego 6-2, 7-6(2).
“He’s a passionate participant. He brings the perfect out of himself in each single match that he will get to play,” Tsitsipas mentioned. “Clearly I’m somebody who’s going to try to discover options towards any opponent that I’m going to be going through this week. Let the perfect man win.”
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Tsitsipas is attempting to earn a spot on the Nitto ATP Finals for the third consecutive 12 months. The Greek started the week in second within the FedEx ATP Race To Turin, trailing solely Novak Djokovic.