Rome | Tsitsipas downs Norrie as Rublev and Rune get beaten.

Whatever demons possessed Stefanos Tsitsipas in his second-round match, the Greek had banished them from his mind when he faced Cameron Norrie for a place in the last 16 of the Rome Masters.

The first set I did a great job in making him feel uncomfortable, at least that is what I felt from the other side of the court Stefanos Tsitsipas

The sixth seed showed no signs of the frustration which had beset him in that opening encounter against Jan-Lennard Struff, sparked off by his split from girl-friend Paula Badosa, and dispatched the British No.1, in straight sets, 6-2 7-6(1).

Tstaipas broke in the third game, setting up a break point opportunity with a shot off the frame which landed on the baseline before an error from Norrie gave the world No.8 the advantage.

The Greek star took complete control of the opener with a second break as Norrie struggled to find his own form and deal with the dropshots which regularly caught him out.

The Brit, seeded at 27. started the second set well but was always on the back foot and while he recovered a break in the fourth game following a rare Tsitsipas volley error, he forced a tiebreak where he was overpowered winning just one point for Tistsipas to stride into round four.


Stefanos Tsitsipas raises his racket in victory

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“My shots were landing deep in the court and creating a lot of angles. It is difficult for my opponent to control those shots and I think I did that in the first set,” Tsitsipas said following his victory. “Precise, one might call it. The first set I did a great job in making him feel uncomfortable, at least that is what I felt from the other side of the court.

“The second set was not going to be easy,” Tsitsipas added. “He is a top player and knows how to adapt to situations and fix things, so I knew that the second set might present a different type of challenge. It did and I had to find solutions. He was holding serve a little more comfortably and my shots were perhaps not doing as much damage.

“My patience and determination in the tie-break, trying to hang in there and make as many balls as I could and make as many balls as deep as possible, so I didn’t have to defend much was something that gave me the 7-1 in the tie-break. That was a relief. It was getting really close, and the match was played in a few small details.”

His next opponent is Alex de Minaur, the ninth seeded Australia , who recovered from a set down to beat Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4.

Meanwhile, Rublev’s preparations for Roland Garros took a huge hit, as the Russian blew a one set lead to lose in three Alexander Muller.

The 27-year-old from France won 3-6 6-3 6-2 against the fourth seed to record his first victory over a top 10 player.

Rublev had gone into Rome in form, having beaten Auger Aliassime to win the Madrid Open title, but was not at his best against Muller.


Daniil Medvedev was pushed hard by the Serb qualifier

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His compatriot, Daniil Medvedev, the defending champion and second seed, was pushed all the way by the Serbian qualifier, Hamad Medjedovic, who came close to causing an upset.

The Russian finally overcame the 20-year-old 7-6(5) 2-6 7-5 in his quest to retain the title.

“I felt like I started the match well and then in a way it was only going downhill,” the world No.4 said.

“My serve was not there, my shots were not aggressive enough when I needed to. Because many times I would like to play the rhythm I played, but I would also like from time to time to surprise my opponent with some good shots. Today I was not able to do it.”

Medjedovic never let up and matched the Russian virtually shot for shot, breaking Medvedev twice n the second set to level the match.

But the defending champion finally found his rhythm in the decider to 4-1 up only to be pulled back as the youngster showed true fighting spirit, refusing to capitulate.

However Medvedev’s experience finally paid off as he broke a tiring Medjedovic once again to take the win in just under three hours.

The 14th seeded Tommy Paul now stands between the reigning champion and another quarter-final in Rome, after the American defeated Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 6-4 6-3.

In the other two matches, Chile’s Nicolas Jarry required two-hours and 20-minutes to get past Italian wildcard Stefano Napolitano and a very partisan and vocal crowd, 6-2 4-6 6-4.. He will face Muller next.

Hubert Hurkacz beat Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry 7-6(7) 6-2 only find himself facing Sebastain Baez, another Argentine who came through by taking out the 10th seeded Dane, Holger Rune 7-6 6-2 6-3.




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