Tsitsipas Sent Out Of Halle, Medvedev Wins; Sinner, Rublev Thursday

by Staff | June 21st, 2023, 6:43 pm
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Stefanos Tsitsipas’s love spiral continued Wednesday in Halle. The Greek, not known for grass, fell in the second round to Chilean big man Nicolas Jarry 7-6(9-7), 7-5.

Tsitsipas has now lost three of his last four matches, all while revealing new love interest Paula Badosa. Jarry improves to 2-0 against Tsitsipas with both wins coming in Halle.

Top seed Daniil Medvedev had to fight past Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-7(5-7), 6-3.

Medvedev, ranked No. 3, smacked seven aces with seven doubles, had eight love holds and broke serve four times in the match including for the final time to go up 5-3 in the third.

“Grass is so tough for me,” said Medvedev to the ATP. “You can actually play a perfect match and lose on two tie-breaks, so it’s a little bit strange for me. When I see top players like Roger, from one side they can seem like aliens but you try to see the best in them, and how they are able on this surface, where it’s sometimes tricky to beat anyone, to have so many titles. Wimbledon, Halle, whatever.

“It’s just amazing and that’s what I try to watch. Happy to win and looking forward to the next matches.”

Djere falls to 3-16 against Top 10 players.

German hopes advanced. Jan-Lennard Struff toppled (Russia’s Roman Safiullin 6-1, 7-6(7-4) and No. 9 seed Alexander Zverev handled (24y,27r) Denis Shapovalov in straights 6-2, 6-4.

“I’m very happy with today,” said Zverev. “I’m especially happy with how I returned. I think the first return I missed was in the middle of the second set, so with that part I’m very happy.

“Moving forward, it’s not going to get easier. Nicolas Jarry is somebody that has an extremely big game, extremely suitable for grass courts, but I’m looking forward to the match.”

The 8th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut bested 21-year-old American Brandon Nakashima 7-5, 7-6(7-2). He’ll now face Medvedev on Friday.

The Thursday will see No. 3 Andrey Rublev colliding with Yannick Hanfmann. The two have split two tour-level meetings with the German winning in Rome.

Also, No. 4 Jannik Sinner clashes with Lorenzo Sonego, No. 6 Hubert Hurkacz draws Tallon Griekspoor and Struff battles Alexander Bublik.

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