Tsitsipas brings service giants to their knees
04.06.2021|11:50 pm|by Maximilian Bon
He is one of the toughest candidates for the French Open final, and is now in the round of 16 of the tournament. Stefanos defeated Tsitsipas 5:7, 6:3, 7:6 (3), 6:1 in the third round John Isner impose.
Isner in top shape in the back
It was not an easy task for the Greek, who is one of the top candidates for the final in Paris at the bottom of the men’s draw. Isner presented himself at his best in the first few rounds, however, so far he hasn’t had to give up a steady game or serve.
Against Tsitsipas, “Big John” quickly found his way into the usual routine when served and didn’t burn much. Even Tsitsipas did not allow much for a long time, but then had to accept the decisive break to 5:6 in the eleventh game and lose the set shortly thereafter.
Tsitsipas is patiently waiting for his chance
But instead of panicking, the world number five proved his entire class. In the second set, the 22-year-old was more attentive on the comeback, patiently waiting for his chance and striking at the first opportunity. The breakout broke to 5:3 Isner’s first serve loss in the entire tournament and quickly meant the group equation.
In the third round, both players were able to count on their serve again. Without a single break, the curling had to decide. The good comeback at the feet of the 2.08-meter giant finally brought Tsitsipas to the decisive mini-break, which brought him home to 7:3.
Ice cold Tsitsipas in the fourth round
Now the favorite had already warmed up. In one near-perfect move, Tsitsipas made two breaks in the fourth round. With the ace, Tsitsipas aptly turned into the deserved 5:7, 6:3, 7:6 (3), 6:1. In the round of 16, Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta faces Sunday.
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