Stefanos Tsitsipas fought back from a shoulder injury to progress through to the next round at the Rotterdam Open.
Tsitsipas lost the opening set to Hubert Hurkacz and was 2-0 behind in the second, yet he dropped only two further games as he won the match 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-1.
Tsistipas asked for a medical time out towards the end of the first set, with his right shoulder causing him pain. After receiving some physiotherapy for his injury, Tsitsipas came back on the court fighting.
“The beginning of the match was quite unusual. I was quite nervous. I’ve never left here with a win. I just felt uncomfortable from the beginning,” Tsitsipas told ATP.
“Then I found my way in the second set [and] got back on my feet. I think my fighting spirit made it work. I was just waiting for my moment,” he added.
The world number six moves on to face Aljaz Bedene, a 6-2 6-4 winner against Benoit Paire. The 30-year-old broke Benoit Paire’s serve on four occasions to secure a win after 63 minutes.
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