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Greece’s Tsitsipas Cruises to Round of 16 After Beating Tiafoe in Tokyo

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Stefanos Tsitsipas in Tokyo. Credit: Australian Open / Twitter

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat the US’ Frances Tiafoe in their second tennis match of the Men’s Singles for the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan on Tuesday.

This match came only a month after the unexpected win of Tiafoe against Tsitsipas on the fabled grass of Wimbledon.

The Greek tennis player managed to get the first set easily with a score of 6-3 and also won the second one 6-4, making it the easiest win for him so far in this tournament.

The victory allows the Greek tennis star to reach the third round of 16 of the Olympic tournament.

Tsitsipas was in an excellent mood and his performance was almost error-free.

He breezed through the first set, leaving no room to his opponent for much hope, and repeated his brilliant performance during the second set as well, earning a well-deserved win.

Now Tsitsipas will have to wait to discover who his next opponent will be, as the winner of the match between France’s Ugo Humbert and Serbia’s Miomir Kermanovic will have to face the Greek player in the third round of the tournament.

Tsitsipas Beat Germany’s Kohlschreiber Earlier This Week

Before today’s win, Tsitsipas had already beaten Germany’s Phillipp Kohlschreiber in their first tennis match of the Men’s Singles for the Olympic Games of Tokyo in Japan on Sunday.

The Greek tennis champion won the first set 6-3 but lost the second with the exact same score, 3-6.

During the first set, Tsitsipas showed determination and managed to beat his German opponent. Nonetheless, the second set was not ideal for the Greek player, as a series of mistakes allowed Kohlschreiber to win.

However, after an excellent performance, Tsitsipas won the third set with the same score –again – and won the match by 2 sets to 1.

Tsitsipas reached Roland Garros final earlier this summer

The Greek tennis superstar reached the first Grand Slam final of his career in June but failed just short of nabbing the title, falling to the world number one player, Novak Djokovic.

Tsitsipas’ beloved grandmother passed away just five minutes before the start of the Roland Garros final against Novak Djokovic.

In an emotional farewell to his grandmother, who died in her village near Karditsa, central Greece, Tsitsipas revealed that “Five minutes before entering the court my very beloved grandmother lost her battle with life. A wise woman whose faith in life, and willingness to give and provide can’t be compared to any other human being that I have ever met.”

After a dramatic game lasting more than four hours, Djokovic won 3-2, coming from behind at 0-2 down. Djokovic is the first man to win all four majors at least twice in the open era.

Tsitsipas had won the first two sets 7-6, 6-2. However, the Serb tennis star came back.

He won the third and fourth 6-3, 6-2. In the decider, Djokovic broke early Tsitsipas serve and won 6-4. The 34-year-old Serb found his form and held every service game in the final three sets.

 

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