Tiafoe adds another giant scalp with Tsitsipas upset in Vienna
Tiafoe improves to 4-1 in his last 5 matches against top 10 opponents
Frances Tiafoe is quickly acquiring the reputation of a giant killer on the men’s tour. The American continued his impressive run of form in recent month, coming from a set down and a break in the deciding set, to cause a stunning upset over top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.
Tiafoe needed one hour and 49 minutes to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his second win over the Greek in recent months. The 23-year-old also beat Tsitsipas in the first round of Wimbledon before losing to him in the second round of the Tokyo Olympics.
This was Tiafoe’s fourth win in five matches against a top 10 player since June this year, a big improvement on his 3-21 record against the same group in the March 2017-April 2021 time period.
Zverev earns 300th career win
Meanwhile, second seed Alexander Zverev remained in the hunt for the Vienna title with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Alex de Minaur to reach his milestone 300th career win.
The German will take on Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat Cameron Norrie, for a spot in the semi-finals.
It has taken Zverev a little more than seven years to reach the milestone, with his first ATP win coming in Hamburg in 2014. The German’s 68.3 winning percentage (300-138 record) puts him in sixth position in this stat among active players –
- Novak Djokovic (83.2%)
- Rafael Nadal (83.1%)
- Roger Federer (82%)
- Andy Murray (76.5%)
- Juan Martin del Potro (71.7%)
- Alexander Zverev (68.3%)