Stefanos Tsitsipas Overcomes Slow Start In Antwerp To Reach Quarterfinals

Stefanos Tsitsipas Overcomes Slow Start In Antwerp To Reach Quarterfinals

by Evita Mueller

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Stefanos Tsitsipas keeps winning at the 2023 European Open in Antwerp, which is good to see after he struggled for several consecutive weeks.

It's not been the best time for Stefanos Tsitsipas after Wimbledon, as he struggled a lot with his tennis. He played well at SW19 but then lost steam as the summer progressed, resulting in several consecutive bad outings.

The only saving grace was his winning the Los Cabos Open, his only trophy this year. The Asian swing wasn't good, but he was pretty optimistic about his chances during the indoor season as he plays well during that part of the year.

He also confirmed that he's been practicing a lot in hopes of turning around the season. Much of that had to do with his serve, and it's been a major weapon in his first singles match in Antwerp.

Outside of a few missteps, it was the crucial thing that allowed him to dominate the matchup and win the match against Botic van de Zandschulp. He did lose his serve early in the match but managed to break back which swung the momentum completely into his favour.

He won the opening set 7-5 and kept applying heavy pressure in the second set to get a break midway through the set. Closing out the match after that was relatively easy for the Greek, who finished with 6 aces as well as 20 winners and only 5 unforced errors.

It was a really good win for him because he needed it. The two wins in doubles with his brother certainly had something to do with today's good performance, and it's just good to see.

We've missed him playing well and today's performance was one of the better ones in recent weeks. The final score was 7-5 6-3 as he moves on to face either Dominic Thiem or Yannick Hanfmann in the quarter-final of the European Open.


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