Greece’s top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the first round of the Elstebank Open in Vienna, Austria on Tuesday. And saved 3 set points in the first set.
Tsitsipas endured 10 ace from Dmitrov and saved all four breakpoints he faced with a one-hour, 42-minute victory. He will then face Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Tsitsipas earlier this year on a straight set at Wimbledon. Tiafo reached the second round by defeating Serbian Dusan Lajović 6-4, 6-4.
Other first round winners include Germany’s second-seeded Alexander Zverev, Norway’s fourth Casper Ruud, Canada’s sixth Felix Auger Aliassim, England’s Cameron Norrie, and Austria’s Dennis Novak. ..
St. Petersburg Open
Five-seeded Taylor Fritz defeated Finnish qualifier Emil Ruth Buoli 6-1 and 6-4 in 68 minutes in the opening round in St. Petersburg, Russia.
This sets up a second round clash with fellow Spanish compatriot Tommy Paul, who is the winner of 6-3, 6-2 against Pedro Martinez of Spain. The two friends have never faced each other in an ATP tour-level match.
Other advances include fellow American Mackenzie McDonald, Dutch quarter-finalist Beautic van der Zandsulp, Belarus’ Ilya Ivashka, Spain’s Pablo Andujar Alba, and Australia’s John Millman. I did.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas survives Vienna’s opening round
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