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Tsitsipas Sails Into Mallorca Quarter-finals

Could this be the week Stefanos Tsitsipas finds his best grass-court form?

The second seed made a good start on Wednesday at the Mallorca Championships, where he defeated Ilya Ivashka 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals. He did not face a break point in his one-hour, 23-minute win.

“[My] serve [is] very important on these kind of courts. I think I was managing the situations on my serve very well,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview. “I felt a little bit better in the rallies. I felt like after my first serve, I was really able to get behind the ball and pick the right spots. It was I guess very difficult for the opponent to be able to adjust to this. I was doing it very well. I was very dedicated to that. It was really good for me from start to finish.”

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The No. 6 player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings dominated behind his first serve, losing just five of his points behind his first delivery in the match (29/34). The 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion also defended his second serve well, claiming 74 per cent of those points, largely due to his aggressive, first-strike tennis.

Tsitsipas has now swept all three of his ATP Head2Head meetings against Ivashka this year, with those matches coming on hard, clay and grass courts, respectively. 

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The Greek will next face American Marcos Giron, who outlasted countryman Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. Giron and McDonald both played college tennis for the UCLA Bruins. Tsitsipas defeated Giron 6-3, 6-4 in this year’s Acapulco quarter-finals.

“He has the game for grass courts, I’ve played him before,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m hoping for a battle.”

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