Under pressure, Stefanos Tsitsipas responds to Tokyo opening | ATP circuit


Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas started his campaign at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday with a fierce 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The Greek, who was making his Olympic debut, had to fight a breakdown in the third set to advance to the second round in an hour and 54 minutes. Tsitsipas won 75 percent (43/57) of his first serve points to set up a meeting with Frances Tiafoe after the American defeated South Korean Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 6-2.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev spent his first round more comfortably with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu. The German hit nine aces to advance in 61 minutes. Zverev will next face Daniel Elahi Galan, after the Colombian defeated Egyptian Mohamed Safwat 7-5, 6-1.

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Japanese star Kei Nishikori got off to a winning start at home, beating fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4. The world n ° 69, bronze medalist in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (death of Nadal), broke the Rublev three times. Nishikori will next face Marcos Giron after the American overtakes Slovakian Norbert Gombos.

Double Olympic gold medalist in singles (2012 & 2016) Andy Murray was forced to forfeit ahead of his opener against #NextGenATP Felix Auger-Aliassime due to a right quad injury. Briton’s replacement, Australian Max Purcell, shocked ninth-seeded Canadian Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-6 (2) to qualify.

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Seventh seed Hubert Hurkacz also qualified by beating Australia’s Luke Saville 6-2, 6-4 in 60 minutes. The Pole, who won the Miami Open trophy presented by Itau in April, will meet Briton Liam Broady in the second round after the left-hander defeats Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2.

ROC’s Karen Khachanov and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman both booked second-round places. Khachanov passed Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, while Schwartzman defeated Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas 7-5, 6-4.

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