Laver Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Taylor Fritz to send Team Europe 2-1 up

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Laver Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Taylor Fritz to send Team Europe 2-1 up

In the third match of the opening day of the third Laver Cup in Geneva, Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted Taylor Fritz 6-2, 1-6, 10-7 to send Team Europe 2-1 in front before the final doubles clash of the day. Stefanos came to Geneva with four straight losses, hoping for some wins and momentum ahead of the closing stages of the season where he will try to crack the top-5 again and finish the year in that company.

He played well in the first set before Taylor took charge in the second, sending the encounter down to the wire and dropping five of the last six points in the breaker to propel Tsitsipas through. Fritz played better on the second serve and won two points more overall thanks to that second set, having his chances but losing steam in the closing stages of the match to fall short on the Laver Cup debut, seeking better results in the next two days if he gets another chance.

Tsitsipas was mighty impressive in the first set, dropping three points on serve and earning two breaks for a 6-2. Fritz got broken in the very first game of the match after a loose forehand, sending another one wild at 2-4 to push Tsitsipas further in front.

Serving for the opener, the Greek fired four winners in the eighth game for a 6-2, looking mighty strong on the court and expecting more of the same in set number two. There, it was Fritz was the one who dominated in his games, losing one point in four service games to mount the pressure on the other side of the net, converting the fourth break chance in game two when Stefanos hit a volley long, delivering one good hold after another and stealing Tsitsipas' serve again at 4-1 with a forehand crosscourt winner.

Another powerful hold pushed the American towards the set and they stayed neck and neck in the breaker, trading eight mini-breaks in the first nine points before Fritz hit a double fault at 7-7, allowing Stefanos to emerge at the top with a service winner at 9-7 and close this high-quality contest in Team Europe favor.