The first set immediately took a break, Tsitsipas with a score of 2-0. But then he lost several games in a row and eventually lost the group 6-4. In the second set, the Greek recovered and quickly took a 5–0 lead. Khachanov returned for some time, but the second set was already Tsitsipas: 6-3.
In the third and decisive set, I moved between the two. With a score of 5-5, Tsitsipas broke his opponent and no longer gave up on his own service: 7-5. Satisfaction with the tournament director Richard Krajesk. He quickly lost the championship to Daniel Medvedev and last year’s runner-up Felix Auger Aliassim. Rafael Nadal was canceled shortly before the tournament.
Tsitsipas also ran into a lot of trouble in their previous two games at Ahoy. In the opening round, he won two long sets and also needed three sets in the second round to avoid elimination.
Tsitsipas, with Russian Andrei Rublev, is number 4 in the standings, the only ranked player left in Rotterdam. Roblev will be Tsitsipas’ next opponent on Saturday. World No. 8 fought 7-6 (2) 6-7 (2) 6-4 after the French qualifiers Jeremy Chardy.
Rublev, who, like Tsitsipas, was on the right track for more than two and a half hours, left two match points unused in the second set by a 6-5 lead. Chardy hit the ace both times. In the third set, Roblev quickly ran to 4-0. Chardy, who had been too strong for David Goffin in the previous round, came back 4-3. However, a new trick was not possible.
Tsitsipas and Rublev last faced the ATP Finals last year. Tsitsipas then won 7-6 in the third set.
Couric is nishikori de bass
Borna Koric secured a place in the semi-finals without losing a set. Number 26 in the world was Japanese Ki Nishikori in two major periods: 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4).
The 24-year-old Koric faced a 4–2 delay in the second tiebreak and won the last five points. He used the first point of the match after more than two hours because world number 45 Nishikori had missed a comeback.
Koric, who is responsible for the elimination of Butch van de Saandcholpe in the first round, is taking part in Rotterdam for the third time. He lost in the second round in his previous participation.
On Saturday, Koric will play in the semi-finals against Hungary’s Marton Voxovic or American Tommy Ball. Koric could become the first-ever Croatian winner at Ahoy. Her compatriots Marin Cilic (2014) and Ivan Lyubisic (2007) lost the final battle.
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