Stefanos Tsitsipas provided a taste of future tennis reality as the Miami Masters second seed past his opening test on Saturday with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Damir Dzumhur to reach the third round.
The event is being played without the presence of three of the biggest names in the sport: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have dominated for the past decade and a half..
The veteran trio all voted with their feet due to injury and clay preparation reasons, leaving their heirs to take up the slack in Miami, which is being staged at half-strength with a handful of fans at a venue set up in a stadium parking lot.
Second seed Tsitsipas had no trouble in fulfilling his assigned role with the win over his 126th-ranked Bosnian opponent in 70 minutes.
The Greek moved into a contest with Asia’s top player in Kei Nishikori, after the former US Open finalist defeated Aljaz Bedene 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-4 after almost three hours.
“This is the first test to see how it will be playing without the Big 3,” Tsitsipas, finalist last week in Acapulco to Alexander Zverev, said.
“This will happen more frequently, we’re getting a taste of what it’s like to be playing without them.
“We have a generation of players who have good games and who can be at the top of tennis for many years.
“I see a challenge there.”
Main photo:- Miami second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas into third round by ATPtour.com