Stefanos Tsitsipas surpasses Alex de Minaur to reach the semi-finals of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam | ATP tour
Stefanos Tsitsipas is yet to have an ATP 500 title in his trophy cabinet, but the world No. 4 appears to be on his way to remedying that anomaly in Rotterdam this week.
On Friday, the 2021 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion produced another destructive performance to overtake Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 31 minutes to reach the semi-finals of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.
Although he got the job done in straight sets, the Greek nevertheless admitted he was in for a tough battle against de Minaur. “There were times today where I was literally hitting the ball really hard,” Tsitsipas said after the game, “hitting the lines almost back to back, and he was able to get those balls back, and not just get them back but also an impressive counter-attack.
“You have to be patient, you have to wait and see if he can do it again and again.”
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Tsitsipas had produced some fine ball strikes to see off Ilya Ivashka in the second round, and he picked up where he left off against de Minaur. His strong start earned him early rewards as he overcame stubborn resistance from the Aussie to break with his sixth break point in game five.
The top seed then saw the first set comfortably and appeared to run away with the second as he took a double lead, before world No. 34 Minaur slowed his march to victory with a bit of guts to retrieve one. Pause.
Tsitsipas’ powerful play was too much for even one of the best players on the ATP Tour, however, with the Greek hitting 19 winners and winning 82% (27/33) of the points behind his first serve.
“I took my time, tried to figure out what worked for me and what didn’t, and with the right momentum, with the right intention, things kind of paid off,” Tsitsipas said. score, which gave me a lot of confidence, and I think my serve was very good today, it gave me a lot of points and put a lot of pressure on him.”
Czech qualifier Jiri Lehecka will stand in the way of the Greek in the semi-finals, after the world No. 137 continued his dream run in Rotterdam with a three-set victory over Lorenzo Musetti earlier on Friday. Although Lehecka’s presence in the semis is a surprise, Tsitsipas won’t take anything for granted.
“He [Lehecka] had a really good winning streak,” Tsitsipas said. “I think he’s a young talent who can play really good tennis. It’s never easy playing against someone you’ve never faced before, so preparing for the match will be very important in view of tomorrow’s battle.