The first Top 5 men’s seed hit the courts Sunday at the Cincinnati Masters in New York, and Stefanos Tsitsipas played like it. The fourth-seeded Greek pounded former US Open finalist 6-1, 6-3.
After dominating the first set, Tsitsipas got out of a 0-40 jam early in the second and coasted from there to his first Cincinnati tournament win.
“I think the fact that I kept my serve very aggressive and I remained aggressive with my groundstrokes helped a lot and I’m very pleased that I was able to maintain my game throughout the entire match, same intensity,” Tsitsipas said on court. “It was an excellent first set… it was great.”
The 34-year-old Anderson had just played a long 3-setter Saturday and was making his return after February knee surgery.
Up next in the third round will be a John, either Isner or Millman. Isner advanced today in straights over his doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz.
2019 finalist David Goffin joined Tsitsipas in the third by edging Borna Coric 7-6(6), 6-4.
Diego Schwartzman and Richard Gasquet were winners. Russians were mixed as Karen Khachanov took care of Alexander Bublik while 10th-seeded Andrey Rublev fell in three to Dan Evans. Evans and Rublev met for a third time third year with the Brit taking two.
“It was my first match in six months and it was a little bit strange for everyone, with the restrictions and no fans,” said Khachanov. “But you can focus on the tennis. I wasn’t expecting to play unbelievably well, but I got the win and am happy to compete again.”
On a big Monday, Novak Djokovic will test an injured neck that forced him out of the doubles today. The 2018 champion will face qualifier Ricardis Berankis.
Dominic Thiem opens play against Filip Krajinovic. And the dynamite Canadian trio of Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime are back.
In the marquee men’s match, Andy Murray meets the 5th-seeded Alexander Zverev. Murray leads 1-0 over the German having won way back at the 2016 Australian Open 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.
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