While giants fall, Tsitsipas stands strong

Henry

Injuries have kept Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz out of the Italian Open, while former champions such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have already tightened their belts.

Yes-no, Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the biggest remaining draws in the men’s division of the popular ATP tournament in Rome.

The 25-year-old Greek beat Cameron Norie 6-2 and 7-6 on Monday to qualify for the fourth round.

According to Tsitsipas, his precise stroke play put his British opponent under pressure.

“Especially in the first set I made things difficult for him on the court. Fortunately, I steeled myself in advance for a renewed attack in the second set; Cameron is a top player who can adapt his game plan,” said the sixth ranked player.

Tsitsipas, who walked away with the clay court laurels in Monte Carlo last month, hit 27 winning shots against Norrie.

He will face Australia’s Alex de Minaur in the next round.

In the women’s division, Aryna Sabalenka showed that she has ice in her veins when she erased a deficit in the deciding set against Elina Svitolina to eventually win 4-6, 6-1 and 7-6.

“I gave my all on the track today; I just couldn’t throw in the towel. I’m here to fight for every point,” said the world’s second-best women’s player.

She will cross rackets with Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals.

Results:

Sebastian Baez beat Holger Rune 2-6, 6-2 and 6-3

Daniil Medvedev beat Hamad Medjedovic 7-6, 2-6 and 7-5

Hubert Hurkacz beat Tomas Etcheverry 7-6 and 6-2

Tommy Paul beat Dominik Koepfer 6-4 and 6-3

Alexandre Muller beat Andrey Rublev 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Cameron Norrie 6-2 and 7-6

Aryna Sabalenka beat Elina Svitolina 4-6, 6-1 and 7-6

Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sakkari 6-4 and 6-1

Danielle Collins beat Irina-Camelia Begu 6-0 and 6-3

Iga Swiatek beat Angelique Kerber 7-5 and 6-3

Coco Gauff beat Paula Badosa 5-7, 6-4 and 6-1

Madison Keys beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2 and 6-1