Another Top 10 Win for Tsitsipas
19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his impressive run of form, defeating world number 8 Kevin Anderson in three sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Estoril Open in Portugal.
Tsitsipas won his first round match over Spain’s Pablo Andujar 7-6(2) 6-3, to set up a second round encounter with top-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, the world number eight.
The windy conditions made it challenging for both players early on. With neither player able to break their opponent’s serve, the first set went to a tiebreaker. Anderson would prevail 7-3, to take a one set to love advantage. The first break of the match would come midway through the second set, as the Greek broke Anderson’s serve to take a 4-2 lead. Tsitsipas would then go on to win the second set 6-3, and level the match at one set apiece.
In the decider, Tsitsipas would break the South African’s serve twice, to win the match 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3. Despite only serving one ace throughout the match, Tsitsipas was still solid enough to hold all 15 of his service games. His three breaks of serve were a result of him attacking Anderson’s second serve.
The next match for the Greek will be in Friday’s quarterfinals, as he will take on Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena, the world number 77. Tsitsipas, who currently sits at a career-high ranking of 44 in the world, will move his ranking up to 42 even if he loses tomorrow. This means that he will officially be the highest ranked teenager in the world, as he will move ahead of Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, the only other teenager in the entire top 100. A win over Carballes Baena would see Stefanos move up to 40 in the rankings.