Looking for his first ATP Masters 1000 title, World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas stepped into the quarter-final at the Miami Open 2021 for the first time. At the round of 16, Greek took an hour and 31 minutes to steer past Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the straight sets(6-2, 7-6).
No.2 seed from Athens landed three aces and won 89% first-serve points to reach his fifth quarterfinal of this year. Notably, Tsitsipas reached the semifinal at the Australian Open, Rotterdam Open, and final at the Acapulco Open.
“I’m playing well, feeling well, and enjoying these moments on the court. I’m thrilled to be playing the way I’m playing. And I’m having a great impact with my game so far this week, so it’s important for me to capitalise (on) that,” Stefanos said in the post-match press conference.
Tsitsipas said of Lorenzo Sonego, “I was expecting him to raise his level. When you’re one set to love, you feel like you have nothing to lose. He definitely improved, so he was a much more difficult opponent in the second set than he was in the first.”
“Each Single Opponent Has Been A Separate Challenge”, says Stefanos Tsitsipas
Before reaching the quarterfinal, Tsitsipas also faced Bosnia No.1 Damir Dzumhur and Japanese Veteran Kei Nishikori in his first two rounds. He emphasised that every player is totally different from another.
Stefanos continued, “Each single opponent has been a separate challenge, and I’ve been managing to find solutions against them. It’s important for me to have matches like this.”
However, Tsitsipas will now lock horns with Hubert Hurkacz for a semifinal berth in Miami. Greek leads Polish 6-1 in their head-to-head series.