Two-time Barcelona Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas is thru into the quarter-final of the ATP 500 occasion. The 2nd seed scored a commanding 6-3, 6-2 overcome Denis Shapovalov in an hour and 17 minutes to sail into the final eight.
It was the fifth assembly between two rivals with a one-handed backhand, and Tsitsipas secured his second victory, the primary in over 5 years! Denis served at a depressing 46% and struggled massive time behind the second serve.
The Canadian misplaced nearly half of the factors in his video games and skilled 4 breaks from 9 possibilities provided to the Greek. Stefanos did the whole lot proper behind the preliminary shot, denying each break factors and preserving the strain on the opposite aspect.
Tsitsipas tamed his strokes properly and landed 9 winners and eight unforced errors. Denis added 16 winners and 27 unforced errors, 12 from double faults alone!
Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted Denis Shapovalov in Barcelona.
The encounter kicked off with two superb holds earlier than Shapovalov skilled points at 1-1.
He denied three break factors earlier than Tsitsipas seized the fourth after the rival’s double fault. Stefanos moved 3-1 in entrance with a service winner in recreation 4 and landed one other two video games later for 4-2. Shapovalov lowered the deficit with a strong serve in recreation seven earlier than the 2nd seed held after two deuces within the subsequent one to maneuver 5-3 in entrance.
Denis served to remain within the set in recreation 9 and landed one other double fault to endure the second break and hand the opener to his rival. Tsitsipas held after deuce at 1-1 within the second set and returned from 40-0 down within the subsequent one to earn a break alternative.
Denis saved it with a booming serve and held to lock the outcome at 2-2. Tsitsipas grabbed the fifth recreation at love and used his rival’s wild forehand within the subsequent one to safe a break and forge a 4-2 benefit. The Greek skilled the primary points behind the preliminary shot in recreation seven and confronted two break factors.
Stefanos erased them with winners and introduced the sport house with a service winner for 5-2. Denis served to remain within the match in recreation eight and positioned a forehand vast to supply Stefanos a match level. Tsitsipas seized it after the rival’s horrible backhand to emerge on the prime in model and sail into the final eight.