Stefanos Tsitsipas increased his lead in Tour match wins as he scored his 31st of the season through a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in Friday’s quarter-finals in Lyon.
The Monte Carlo winner last month needed just 66 minutes to advance and will next play Italian teenaged Lorenzo Musetti, a 6-3, 7-6(2), winner over Slovene Aljaz Bedene,
Tsitsipas has had a solid spring on the clay, losing to Rafael Nadal in the Spaniard’s home Barcelona final and reaching last week’s Rome quarter-finals against Novak Djokovic.
The Greek second seed took 66 minutes for his win; he already has a win over the 19-year-old Musetti, defeating him in the Acapulco semi-finals in March. .
“It was a good match from my side, he was serving well,” Tsitsipas said. “His game is a little unpredictable and he is one of the best left-handers out there.
“I knew he was going to fight and not give up. I am pretty glad to have won.”
At the top of the French draw, veteran home hope Richard Gasquet and 2006 champion was knocked out 6-1, 7-6(3) as Karen Khachanov turned 25 with a victory and was then serenaded by the crowd.
The Russian winner dominated in the opening set against Gasquet, breaking twice while winning five consecutive games.
The second set was tighter, with Khachnov forced to recover twice from a break down before finally easing through with a tiebreaker.