Tsitsipas overcomes Tiafoe to reach third round at Tokyo Olympics
The Greek player is hoping to become the second Olympic medalist in his family after his grandfather won the gold medal in football with the USSR team in 1956
- What happened: Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over Frances Tiafoe in the second round of the men’s singles event at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, revenge for his defeat by the American at Wimbledon.
- Why it matters: When Tsitsipas won his first-round match in Tokyo, he became the first Greek player to win a men’s singles match at the Olympics in nearly 100 years. The world No 4 is hoping to become the second Olympic medalist in his family; his grandfather Sergei Salnikov won the gold medal in football with the USSR team in 1956.
- Key stat: Tsistipas served nine aces in the one-hour and 17-minute contest played on the Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park. He also hit 13 winners, with 10 of them coming off his forehand wing.
- Other key information: The weather had delayed the start of play on the outside courts and more rain is expected later in the day.
- More key information: Tiafoe’s hopes for an Olympic medal remain alive as he is also in the men’s doubles event, where he and partner Rajeev Ram are through to the second round and face the Croatian pairing of Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig.
- What next: Tsitsipas will next face 14th seed Ugo Humbert or Miomir Kecmanovic in the third round of the men’s singles event in Tokyo.
- Other results :
Broady def Hurkacz (7): 7-5, 3-6, 6-3
Chardy def. Karatsev (11): 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Schwartzman (8) def. Manach: 6-4, 7-
Ivashka def Kukukshkin: 6-7, 6-3, 6-3
Khachanov (12) def Duckworth: 7-5, 6-1
Humbert (14) def Kecmanovic: 4-6, 7-6, 7-5
Nishikori def Giron 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1
- The draw for the men’s singles event at the Tokyo Olympics is updated live here at this link
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