Tsitsipas Now 13-1 On Season, Overcomes Ruusuvuori In Rotterdam; FAA, Medvedev Win

by Staff | February 15th, 2023, 1:55 am
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Last year’s runner-up and top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas took the court in his Rotterdam opener on Tuesday and survived a tough battle with Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5, 6-1. The Finn was up in the first at 5-3 but failed to serve it out. Tsitsipas won the last four games of the set and ultimately 10 of the last 11 overall.

Tsitsipas smacked finished with 9 aces, won 28/40 (70%) of first serves, 17/30 (57%) on second serves, was 4 of 8 on break chances.

“My footwork got better over time,” said Tsitsipas to the ATP. “I think I wasn’t very well adjusted in those first few games, and it took a little bit of time to find the right footwork.

“I had an opportunity in the last game to come back. I revived from that, I regenerated some awesome tennis and I recaptured that first set, which was crucial. I think from that point onwards it was flawless tennis. I was able to produce some really good shots.”

Emil Ruusuvuori falls to 2-11 against Top 10 players as Tsitsipas is a perfect 2-0 in tour-level head-to-head meetings with Ruusuvuori.

Third-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime opened his title defense moving past Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-3. The 22-year-old Auger Aliassime tallied 13 aces, lost just 5 points on first serve and never lost serve in the easy win.

Lorenzo Sonego slips to 4-16 against Top 10 players. Auger Aliassime has never lost to Sonego, leading 2-0 in tour-level head-to-head contests.

No 5 seed Hubert Hurkacz won a tester over Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 6-7(7-9), 7-6(7-4). Hurkacz held multiple matchpoints in the second, but finally got his first win over the Spaniard in three.

Sixth-seeded Daniil Medvedev advanced came from a set down to roll Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“I just managed to play a little bit better,” Medvedev said to the ATP. “I don’t want to say that I played much better, but a little bit better, managed to use the crucial opportunities a little bit better and I feel like he was missing a bit more than in the first set.

“All together, I feel like I changed just a few millimetres of tactics, if we can say like this,” he added, later explaining that he varied his position on return, including moving closer to the baseline on second serves. “All of this happened to work, so I’m really happy about it.”

Netherlands’s Gijs Brouwer ousted Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-3, 7-5. Tallon Griekspoor eliminated Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 7-6(9-7), 7-5.

Looking at Wednesday, key matches are No. 2 Andrey Rublev – Alex De Minaur, Constant Lestienne – No. 4 Holger Rune, Grigor Dimitrov – No. 5 Hubert Hurkacz, No. 8 Alexander Zverev – Tallon Griekspoor, Jannik Sinner – Benjamin Bonzi plus Richard Gasquet – Stan Wawrinka.

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