Tsitsipas advances; Kyrgios crashes – Antwerp

Stefanos Tsitsipas continues his rise, claiming his third victory on the senior tour. The 19-years-old looks determined to make his mark.

The Greek teenager is an interesting talent. He looks like a diamond that needs polish.

After the upset over Pablo Cuevas, Tsitsipas met the giant Ivo Karlovic. It was a grueling battle, as Karlovic was keep serving rackets towards Stefanos. It’s not a perfect match to notice the Greek’s qualities, but I drawn some conclusions nevertheless.

As he met a power server, Tsitsipas wasn’t allowed to have too many rallies. The match didn’t have a great rhythm, but was exciting. Stefanos was able to return well and attack pretty often. He showed composure and patience. The Greek has a powerful serve as well and an interesting forehand. He also showed that he can volley and smash great.

Tsitsipas has a good attacking game, but has some lacunes in the defending department. He often leaves the court wide opened when his offensive game doesn’t work. He won the first set in a tie-break where Karlovic made a few double faults and he kept his cool and played his best.

The second set wasn’t too different, but was closed abruptly when the Croat had a nasty fall when trying to reach for a ball. It seemed he injured his left ankle. So he was forced to retire.

Tsitsipas advanced, 7-6 (4), 5-6.

Elsewhere, the bad boy of Tennis, Kyrgios, met Belgian Bemelmans.

The Australian started the match good, with the right attitude, fighting for every point and putting in the work. It was a first set without a great rhythm, as the players focused a lot on their serve. Ruben Bemelmans managed to stay in the rallies with the talented Aussie and pushed the set into a tie-break. Nick dominated it, claiming the first set 7-6 (3).

But in the second and third sets, Nick Kyrgios had his already infamous meltdown, losing his composure and focus. He started doing too many unforced errors, sending the balls a lot outside the lines or in the net. He seemed low on energy and patience, as he let the match go to waste. He didn’t manage to do any changes and the Belgian was playing well, taking the right decisions, hitting long and attacking when necessary.

Ruben Bemelmans claimed the match in a categorical fashion, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3.

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