Stefanos Tsitsipas survived eight aces from Hubert Hurkacz to keep his record clean against the 30th-ranked Pole with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win into the Rotterdam quarter-finals on Thursday.
The Greek second seed needed just over two hours to advances at the empty Ahoy stadium, due to the strict COVID regulations in the Netherlands.
Stefanos Tsitsipas kept alive his hopes of a maiden ATP 500 title on Thursday, as he outlasted Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
The half-Russian Tsitsipas next plays Karen Khachanov.for a place in the weekend semi-finals; Tsitsipas stands 8-1 this season.
“I played really well. Both of us, we played a high [level] of tennis and didn’t give (away) many break-point opportunities,” the winner said.
“There were] pretty good serves from both sides, I’m glad I fought so hard towards the very end – It was exhausting, but it paid off.”
Tsitsipas improved to 5-1 against the player whose lone victory in the series came in 2019; he needed three match points to ice defeat Hurkacz on the Pole’s final error..
“Hubert is a very tough competitor,” Tsitsipas said. “Every single time I go out on the court, I know what to expect.
“He is a fighter and he doesn’t like to give up, so it always makes him a very difficult opponent.”
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