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Tsitsipas moves into round 2 at Rotterdam, Sinner could be next
Stefanos Tsitsipas won against Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5, 6-1 on Tuesday evening and will play the winner of the match between Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi and Italian Jannik Sinner in the next round
Stefanos Tsitsipas continues his fast start to 2023, improving to 13-1 on the young season with a triumph over Finn Emil Ruusuvuori 7-5, 6-1at the Rotterdam Open.
Tsitsipas, ranked No 3, will play the winner of the match between Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi and Italian Jannik Sinner next. Sinner and Bonzi will square off on Wednesday in Rotterdam, with the winner to square off against the Greek on Thursday.
At the Australian Open Tsitsipas improved to 5-1 against Sinner by taking out the Italian in an entertaining five-set battle, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3.
Tsitsipas overcame a slow start against Ruusuvuori on Tuesday, reeling off 10 of the final 11 games of the match from 5-3 in the opening set.
Tsitsipas cranked nine aces and saved one of two break points, and finished with 19 winners against 8 unforced errors to improve to 2-0 lifetime against the 52nd-ranked Finn.
Tsitipas was a runner-up at Rotterdam last season – he fell to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the final.
Rotterdam ATP250, other first-round results (Rotterdam Ahoy, hard, EUR 2.074.505, most recent results first):
- Alex De Minaur vs. Andrey Rublev
- Botic van de Zandschulp vs. Quentin Halys
- Holger Rune vs. Constant Lestienne
- Tim van Rijthoven vs. Maxime Cressy
- Benjamin Bonzi vs. Jannik Sinner
- Daniil Medvedev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
- Felix Auger-Aliassime (3) beat Lorenzo Sonego: 6-2, 6-3
- Alexander Zverev (8) beat SoonWoo Kwon: 6-4, 7-6 (4)
- Tallon Griekspoor (WC) beat Mikael Ymer (Q): 7-6 (7), 7-5
- Hubert Hurkacz (5) beat Roberto Bautista Agut: 7-5, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4)
- Gijs Brouwer (WC) beat Marc-Andrea Huesler: 6-3, 7-5
- Gregoire Barrere (Q) beat David Goffin: 6-0, 7-6 (3)
- Stan Wawrinka beat Alexander Bublik: 7-6 (5), 6-4
- Grigor Dimitrov beat Aslan Karatsev (Q): 6-1, 6-3
- Richard Gasquet beat Pablo Carreno Busta (7): 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2