Stefanos Tsitsias of Greece defeats Alex De Minaur from Australia in straight sets and is through to the fourth round.
Tsitsipas hinged his match with de Minaur in a five-game stretch overlapping the two sets, with the Greek champion breaking twice but also surviving the only three break points he faced in successive service games.
Fifth-ranked Tsitsipas seized the first break and the opening set after extending de Minaur in a six-deuce game that eventually took its toll.
“I was able to execute very well today,” Tsitsipas said post-match. “There were a few moments where I had to fight a little bit and show my inner strength. He fought, as always, and I was very patient. I was trying to focus game after game on how I can open the court and come in.”
Tsitsipas got back to his best on serve, breaking early in the second after breaking in the 10th game of the match to claim the first set, and moved 3-1 ahead in the second. He never looked like dropping his serve after that, only losing one point in his final three service games.
Now Tsitsipas focuses his attention on his next opponent, teenager Carlos Alcaraz who knocked the third seed out of the US Open in one of the most epic five-setters of the tournament. Since then, Alcaraz has gone from strength to strength and Tsitsipas is looking forward to the rematch.
“I’m going to try and fight. He’s a great player,” Tsitsipas said. “For me, it is going to be a big challenge to step out on the court. “I like these kinds of challenges. “I’m going to put my soul out there and give it my all.”
The 2021 French Open finalist, who hit eight aces, lost just one point across three service games after going 3-1 up in the second set to advance to a fourth-round clash with in-form Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.
Stef will play his 4th round single match at the Miami Open on Tue, 29 March not before:
7 PM EDT (local time)
8 PM ART (Buenos Aires) Wed, 30 March
1 AM CEST (Paris)
2 AM EEST (Greece)
8 AM JST (Tokyo)
Opponent: Carlos Alcaraz