World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas underlined he didn’t expect to have an easy job against rising American star Sebastian Korda.
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 2, overcame Korda 7-6 (5) 6-3 to reach the Cincinnati Masters round-of-16
In recent months, Korda captured his maiden ATP title in Parma and currently he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 45 in the world.
“He’s someone who has been doing well recently. I knew I had a difficult challenge ahead of me,” Tsitsipas said of Korda in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “When things got tough, I stayed there. The match was played in the details.
“I was able to bring the best out of my game when things got tough and persevere. I was consistent throughout the important moments and I think just trying to find solutions and ways to apply as much pressure as possible. That was the key element today.”
Tsitsipas escaped with a straight-set win
Korda put pressure early on but Tsitsipas saved two break points in the opening game of the match.
Tsitsipas had his chances on Korda’s serve but the American saved a break point in the sixth and eighth game to eventually force a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Korda took an early 2-0 lead but Tsitsipas recovered to win a tight first set.
Korda saved a break point in the fifth game of the second set to take a 3-2 lead but that was all from him as Tsitsipas then earned back-to-back breaks to win four games in a row and book a straight-set win.
Tsitsipas plays next Lorenzo Sonego.
“He’s a passionate player. He brings the best out of himself in every single match that he gets to play,” Tsitsipas said of Sonego. “Obviously I’m someone who is going to try and find solutions against any opponent that I’m going to be facing this week. Let the best man win.”