Stefanos Tsitsipas had his revenge Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics cruising past Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 under the roof during a rainy start to the day. The American had stunned Tsitsipas in the first round at Wimbledon, but this went the other way and the Greek, who never dropped serve, advances into the third round.
“I’m always trying to find to find solutions, find ways to fix my mistakes and get a better outcome – that was the case today,” said Tsitsipas. “I was able to maintain the high levels of concentration and deliver good tennis in moments where I had to.
“It was a very-well balanced game, mentally.”
Tiafoe’s tough day continued later losing in the doubles.
“I didn’t serve great today,” Tiafoe said. “He had a lot of second serves. He was able to work the point for his forehand. At Wimbledon I was serving much better, I was able to serve and volley and put a lot more pressure on him.
“But he played well today, man. He struck the ball well. He played the right way at the big times. He’s a good player. He’s where he is for a reason.”
Tsitsipas will take on Ugo Humbert on Wednesday. The Frenchman broke and then served out the match in the third to beat Miomir Kecmanovic 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 in 2.5 hours.
It was a mixed day for the Russian Olympic Committee. Karen Khachanov rolled past James Duckworth 7-5, 6-1. Earlier, Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev was knocked out by French veteran Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The 29-year-old Chardy smacked 20 aces. He’ll now have a great opportunity to advance against the surprising Brit Liam Broady.
The lefty Broady enjoyed one of his best career wins stunning Wimbledon semifinalist and No. 7 seed Hubert Hurkacz 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
“It’s obviously a career-best win at a career-high moment, representing GB at the Olympics. It couldn’t have gone better,” Broady said.
“I think it helped watching Hubert a lot over the last few years – I watched him a lot last night. The team put together a few clips for me of him playing against lefties, to sort of get a rough idea of how he plays, and that helped a lot with being more comfortable out there.
Diego Schwartzman moved into the Olympic third round after a win over Tomas Machac. He’ll now get Khachanov tomorrow.
In doubles, Andy Murray and his partner Joe Salisbury reached the quarterfinals with a good win over Germans Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 6-2, 7-6(2). Murray had withdrawn from the singles due to a right thigh strain. They’ll meet Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in the quarters.
WEDNESDAY TOKYO OLYMPICS SCHEDULE
Centre Court – starting at 11:00
MS 3 (15) FOGNINI Fabio (ITA) vs (2) MEDVEDEV Daniil (ROC)
WS QF (13) PAVLYUCHENKOVA Anastasia (ROC) vs (9) BENCIC Belinda (SUI)
MS 3 (1) DJOKOVIC Novak (SRB) vs (16) DAVIDOVICH FOKINA Alejandro (ESP)
MD QF (1) MEKTIC / PAVIC (CRO) vs (HCP) MCLACHLAN / NISHIKORI (JPN)
XD 1 STOJANOVIC / DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs STEFANI / MELO (BRA)
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