Stefanos Tsitsipas snapped a two-game losing streak adamantly with a strong opening performance on Wednesday at the Western & Southern Open. The fourth seed from Cincinnati produced a dominant service performance and clean shot for a 6-3, 6-3 win over Filip Krajinovic to claim his first victory in two events since Wimbledon.
The Greek was beaten by Nick Kyrgios in a memorable third-round encounter on the lawns of London and fell victim to an upset offer from Briton #NextGenATP Jack Draper last week in Montreal. But after two tough holds to open his campaign in Cincinnati, he found rhythm on serve and on the ground to overtake Krajinovic behind two mid-set breaks.
Tsitsipas scored six service catches of love, including each of his last four service games, and dropped just three points on first serve in the one-hour-and-nine-minute game. He finished with an immaculate 92% (34/37) win rate on first serve while making 76% of his first deliveries. In a clear match, the Greek hit 28 winners (including 14 aces) for just four unforced errors as he outplayed his opponent on Court 3.
The two-time semi-finalist from Cincinnati also excelled in the OVERVIEW: Conversion metric, which shows that he won 81% (17/21) of the points in which he gained an attacking advantage against Krajinovic. Conversely, he also had a big advantage in the Steal metric, winning 29% of the points from the defense against 19% for his opponent.
Tsitsipas next faces 13th seed Diego Schwartzman, who outlasted Aslan Karatsev 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 on Tuesday night.