Stefanos Tsitsipas pounded out a 6-3, 6-4 revenge win over Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday for a place in the third round of the Tokyo Olympic tournament.

The match was played under the closed roof of the Ariake Colosseum due to rain in the area after several days of steamy, tropical conditions which have gotten under the skin of top seed Novak Djokovic.

The Serb has complained that sweltering daytime matches are too much of a strain on players and has asked in vain for scheduling to be shifted more to his liking.

Olympic debutant Tsitsipas took little notice of conditions indoors as he hammered his American opponent after losing to Tiafoe in the Wimbledon opening round a month ago.

The Greek who made a late entry in mixed doubles with compatriot Maria Sakkari, never lost serve and finished with nine aces against his 54th-raked journeyman opponent from the US.

Tsitsipas began the afternoon with a break of the Tiafoe serve and motored to  straightforward success.

“it was different playing under the closed roof. The court kind of felt quicker, but that didn’t stop me from playing the game I wanted to play,” the winner said.

“I’m always trying to find solutions, find ways to fix my mistakes and get a better outcome – that was the case today.

“I was able to maintain the high levels of concentration and deliver good tennis in moments where I had to.”

Main photo :- Stefanos Tsitsipas on his way to revenge victory over Frances Tiafoe in Tokyo ©


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