Paris, France) – In a very balanced game, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas was better in the important moments and managed to overcome German Alexander Zverev in straight sets this Thursday, guaranteeing a place in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters 1000 by scoring partials of 7/6 ( 7-2) and 6/4, after 1h59 of confrontation.
The victory not only puts Tsitsipas through to the next round at the Bercy Palace, but also secures his qualification for the ATP Finals. His next opponent in the competition will be Russian Karen Khachanov, who still has a remote chance of going to Turin, but to do so he needs the title this week.
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Champion of the French tournament in 2018, Khachanov had a hard time moving forward, he got a scare from his compatriot Roman Safiullin, who won the first set in the 100% Russian duel, but then he couldn’t keep up the pace and ended up suffering a comeback with the final score of 4 /6, 6/4 and 6/2, in 2h07 of battle.
Tsitsipas started with everything in the match, scored a break in the second game and saved two break-points afterwards to take a 3/0 lead. Serving at 4/1, the Greek was scared with a bad knee, asked for medical attention and then returned to the game without showing any consequences. He managed the advantage until the end, when he served at 5/3, lost two set points and was broken back.
After saving himself and managing to take the decision to a tiebreak, Zverev didn’t do well in the tiebreaker and only won one point with his serve. Tsitsipas showed greater consistency to score 7-2 and thus take the lead in the duel, making it 1 set to 0 over his German rival.
The second set was similar to the previous one, especially at the beginning, again with the Greek getting a break to make it 2/0. The main difference was that this time Zverev was unable to react and the most he did was save two match points with serve in the ninth game, only to see Tsitsipas seal the ninth victory in 13 clashes between the two in the next game.