Tsitsipas stretches Europe’s lead with straight-sets win over Kyrgios

The Greek began Saturday’s singles action with another dominant display for Team Europe

Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Laver Cup in 2021

EUROPE 5-1 WORLD, AFTER MATCH 5

TSITSIPAS (E) D. KYRGIOS (W), 6-3, 6-4

Stefanos Tsitsipas extended Team Europe’s lead at the 2021 Laver Cup with a straight-sets win over Nick Kyrgios.

The Australian had won the pair’s two previous encounters – including a three tiebreak set triumph at the ATP Cup in January, and a semi-final win at Cincinnati in 2019.

When it comes to Laver Cup singles action, however, the Greek is completely undefeated – now moving to 3-0 across two editions of the tournament.

“There is always a mystery with him [Kyrgios],” grinned Tsitsipas in the post-match press conference. “You don’t know what to expect. He comes up with shots you have never seen before when you play him. Just unorthodox things and full of tactics that are not very reliable on the long run, but this can actually confuse you sometimes.

“The challenge against him is just to, you know, concentrate on yourself, on your abilities and what you’re capable of doing on the court and not pay attention to what’s happening on the other side of the court. I think, you know, he can be quite distracting at times,and it is important to follow your game and stay disciplined throughout that match.”

In the Laver Cup, singles and doubles matches are all best of three sets, with the third set – if required – a 10-point match tiebreaker.

Each player will compete in at least one singles match during the first two days – but no player can play singles more than twice during the three days.

Each match win on Saturday is worth two points, with tomorrow’s matches worth three points.

The first team to reach 13 points out of a total 24 points available wins the tournament. If the points are tied at 12-12 at the end of all matches, a decider is played on Sunday to confirm the champions.

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