forward Tsitsipas (with the thrill) and Auger-Aliassime. The day’s marathon in Garin

On a day marked by both great fights and easy victories, it is the people who take the cover survivors. Let’s talk about Stefanos Tsitsipas but, above all, of Cristian Garinwho miraculously comes out alive from a crazy match against Marin Cilic. The Greek struggled to fuel, but with a series of nine consecutive games between the second and third set has the better of Karen Khachanov and is now expected by Jannik Sinner. Few headaches instead for Felix Auger-Aliassimewhich leaves only five game a Marcos Giron.

[4] S. Tsitsipas b. K. Khachanov 4-6 6-0 6-3

Khachanov rockets, breaking Tsitsipas in the opening and immediately flying 3-1, showing how the success against Carreño Busta gave him a lot of confidence after a negative period for him. In the sixth game, however, the Greek reacts promptly and finds the hook. The decisive moment of the partial arrives in the ninth game: just when it seemed that the inertia of the match was all on his side, Seeded number four stumbles on three very bad errors on leaving the serve with the forehand and gets caught in the net with a hideous volley. Not happy, Tsitsipas completes the omelette with a bloody double foul on the break ball. The N. 24 ATP does not tremble and puts on ice for 6-4 the first set in 45 minutes, a fraction in which the double champion of Monte Carlo, standing too far from the baseline, fails to affect the law. By taking advantage of his opponent’s wait-and-see position, Khachanov was able push and command exchanges more easily, making a difference especially with the reverse. Conversely, from the left side of the field the Athenian always plays excessively shortfailing to go around the ball and fan it.

Another determining factor is the low percentage of firsts on the pitch (in the first set only 52%), which together with too much passivity contributes to making Tsitsipas constantly suffer the opponent’s game. The service itself still proves rusty at the opening of the second set, combined with some incorrect reading and the persistent difficulty of the Greek in keeping the left diagonal. In the moment of difficulty, however, the whole thing comes out class of the Greek champion, who finds the first by magic and with four important serves cancels two consecutive break points. This small comeback shocks the former world number three, who after escaping the danger finally begins to play more proactive and constantly put your feet on the pitch. The anomalous forehand of Tsitsipas starts to work, while Khachanov – with its very cumbersome opening on the right side – gets into trouble and turns into a free factory. A wide longline sanctions the 3-0 in favor of the number 5 in the ranking, with the Russian’s moment of difficulty continuing even in the fourth game. Tsitsipas gets two more break points e he uses the free of charge of the Russian to strengthen his advantage. Ahead of two breaks, the Greek eases the pressure for a moment and grants three consecutive counterbreak opportunities (with two bad mistakes), but somehow manages to save himself from the advantages and rise 5-0. Seeded number four wants to close as soon as possible and has a chance to sign the bagelwhich immediately comes with another reverse error of the ATP number 24: it is 6-0 Tsitsipas.

The Greek starts very strong even in the third set, winning twelve of the first fourteen points and extending the streak of consecutive games to nine. Khachanov seems to have his head definitely out of the game, he continues to make a lot of mistakes and sensationally misses a smash that immediately sends the 23-year-old from Athens ahead of a break. The Russian throws a ball into the stands and takes a warningshowing all his nervousness as Tsitsipas takes them in his hand reins of the game. Greek is now extremely solid at the service and always takes the initiative first during the exchange, almost always getting the point. The game is now played on his duty turns, but Khachanov scrapes up the crumbs and goes down 1-4. However, the Russian tries to stay afloat and ea charging almost after every point wontrying to bring a very hot audience who obviously hopes that the match will last as long as possible. Conquered the game of 3-5, for the number 24 ATP a small opening when, in the next game, he goes 0-15 and calls the audience again. His (few) hopes for a comeback are extinguished together with one answer on the net about a timid second of the Greek. From there, Tsitsipas puts in two excellent firsts and leads to match point, closing the game at the net. It ends therefore 4-6 6-0 6-3 in favor of seeded number four, which overall has a winning-error balance more than positive (+10, 25-15), while the same cannot be said for Khachanov (-6, 19-25). Tsitsipas awaits now Jannik Sinnerwho won 6-2 7-6 on Filip Krajinović.


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