In Toronto, within the opening match on quarterfinals day, on the Nationwide Financial institution Open offered by Rogers, third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece snapped the 13-match successful streak of sixth seed Casper Ruud of Norway by a scoreline of 6-1, 6-4.
Tsitsipas at six foot 4 along with his flowing blond hair held again with a white headband, sporting a deep ocean-blue shirt, is a philosophical soul. He turned 23 yesterday, August 12th, sharing a birthday with legend Pete Sampras.
He mentioned of Sampras: “I loved watching his serve-and-volley recreation. Individuals say Roger Federer is easy. I additionally really feel like Pete Sampras was very easy and simply making the sport so lovely to watch.”
Tsitsipas’s recreation can also be lovely to look at. His serve is very large—he struck eight aces within the match—and his forehand is monstrous. His one-handed backhand, his weaker aspect, is fashionable and nonetheless great in that he can come over the ball even when it’s hit excessive as a result of he has a lot higher physique energy.
He has inventive selection and really feel along with his volley, lob, and dropshot. He has an attacking recreation, usually ending factors on the web, however he also can defend.
He’s at all times enhancing, and he actually has a great opportunity to not solely win this event, but additionally the US Open.
Tsitsipas began quick towards Ruud, racing to a 5-love lead. Ruud appeared out of kinds, overwhelmed by the state of affairs, and struggled to search out rhythm.
Serving at 5-1, 30-love, the Greek hit an astonishing dropshot from the baseline, with an unreal angle. It felt like Tsitsipas might do something. He had solely 4 unforced errors within the first set.
Within the second set, although, the considerate 22-year-old Ruud raised his degree.
The Norwegian started utilizing his heavy forehand to maneuver Tsitsipas across the court docket, creating longer rallies. He earned one break level, however wasn’t in a position to convert. At 4-all, Tsitsipas broke after which held, hitting an ace down the T on match level.
Afterward, in his press convention, Tsitsipas mentioned: “Nicely, you already know, I used to be shut from the baseline. I used to be attempting to come back in as a lot as doable, take the balls early, strategy most of my photographs. You already know, I suppose that was his preliminary response, to begin speeding and go for extra.
“I noticed that, and, you already know, clearly I really feel like he would understand that and would swap up his recreation and alter just a few issues, which he ultimately did within the second set.”
Tsitsipas defined how he was in a position to grow to be the participant he’s at present. “It comes, it’s completely apparent that you simply’re going to get that if you’re aiming excessive and also you wish to be in that—you wish to be among the many better of the game. It’s a part of the job. You possibly can’t ignore it. It’s there.
“It’s a unique problem by itself. You already know, sure issues include character, with willingness to have that in your day by day life and day by day routine.
“Nicely, myself, I suppose I used to be ready for it, and I used to be type of experiencing from a younger age taking part in juniors, transitioning to the professionals. It’s one thing that you simply construct one thing, one thing that you simply, I suppose, know easy methods to deal higher over time.
“To start with it comes as a sort of one thing that you simply’re not likely anticipating at that degree, however ultimately you decide up and, you already know, it turns into your new ordinary life.”