In the marquee match of the day in Rotterdam, World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a spirited fight from Hubert Hurkacz to prevail 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to reach the the quarterfinals.
The Greek, who made the semifinals at the Australian Open, missed two earlier match points in the third only to serve it out at 6-5 for his eighth win in nine matches in 2021.
“Hubert is a very tough competitor. We have played loads in the past,” said Tsitsipas. “Every single time I go out on the court, I know what to expect. He is a fighter and he doesn’t like to give up, so it always makes him a very difficult opponent.”
The 22-year-old will now face Karen Khachanov on Friday.
Giant killers Dusan Lajovic and Alexander Bublik, who just knocked out Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, respectively, both fell. Lajovic succumbed to Borna Coric while Tommy Paul edged fellow 23-year-old Bublik in three sets.
Qualifier Jeremy Chardy also took down recent Montpellier winner David Goffin.
So on quarterfinal final Friday, in addition to Tsitsipas-Khachanov, it will be Chardy-Andrey Rublev, Coric-Kei Nishikori and Paul-Marton Fucsovics.
After all the upsets, Tsitsipas is lone Top 20 player alive in Rotterdam.
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