The 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to his third Roland Garros quarter-final and the seventh at Majors. The Greek was the favorite against Sebastian Ofner on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, scoring a 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 triumph in an hour and 48 minutes and settling a thrilling clash versus Carlos Alcaraz!
Ofner built an early advantage before Tsitsipas erased it and grabbed a late break to prevail in the opener. The Greek was the only player on the court in sets two and three, dropping three games and sailing over the top. Stefanos landed 71% of the first serve in and delivered more efficient numbers on the first and second serve.
Sebastian grabbed one break from three chances and lost 46% of the points in his games. Stefanos converted six out of 11 break points to control the scoreboard and remain on the title course. The Greek controlled the pace in the shortest and mid-range rallies, pleased about his game and hoping for more against the world's best player.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to his third Roland Garros quarter-final.
The Austrian grabbed a break in the encounter's first game for a dream start. Ofner closed the second game with a powerful serve and built a 3-1 advantage with an ace down the T line.
Sebastian hit a double fault in the sixth game to drop serve and bring Stefanos to 3-3. The Greek denied a break point in game seven with a forehand down the line winner, and the Austrian leveled the score at 4-4 with a fine hold in the next one.
The lower-ranked player served to stay in the set at 4-5 and faced three set points. Ofner erased them with brave hitting and held with a service winner for 5-5. Tsitsipas pushed strong on the return again in the 12th game and seized a set point after the rival's forehand error for 7-5 in 50 minutes.
Stefanos served at 88% in the second set and lost four points in his games. On the other hand, Sebastian served at 37% and failed to follow the rival's pace. The Austrian still produced three comfortable holds, losing serve once and allowing the Greek to close the set from there.
Stefanos held at 30 in the fifth game and broke Sebastian at 15 in the next one to forge the advantage. Tsitsipas cemented the lead with a service winner in game seven, and Ofner grabbed the next one to reduce the deficit and prolong the action.
The finalist from two years ago served for the set at 5-3 and created three set points with a forehand winner at the net. The 5th seed seized the first with a service winner to open a 7-5, 6-3 gap in an hour and 19 minutes.
Sebastian had nothing more left in the tank, experiencing a bagel in the third set to propel Stefanos through. He netted a backhand in the first game to fall behind and found himself 3-0 down after Tsitsipas' forehand crosscourt winner.
The Greek moved 5-0 up with another break and seized the third match point on his serve in the next one with an ace down the T line for a place in the last eight.
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