ATP Dubai: After losing to Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas returns to Dubai final


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ATP Dubai: After losing to Roger Federer, Stefanos Tsitsipas returns to Dubai final

World no. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas will play in the 11th ATP final, beating Daniel Evans 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes. Stefanos made a slow start of the season, winning only three matches before Marseille last week and going all the way in France to defend the title claimed a year ago.

Now, Stefanos will have the opportunity to lift another trophy in Dubai as well, losing in the final to Roger Federer a year ago and hoping to go one step further on Saturday against Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils. Competing in his first ATP 500 semi-final, Evans couldn't match the rival's pace, taking only ten points in eight return games to stay away from break chances, feeling pressure behind the initial shot and getting broken four times from ten opportunities given to Stefanos.

The Greek had 21 winners and 15 unforced errors, controlling the pace and standing strong from start to finish. Both players served well in the opening four games to stay locked at 2-2 after 12 minutes, with Tsitsipas landing a backhand return winner in the next game to grab a break and forge the first advantage.

The youngster confirmed a break with a hold at love thanks to a volley winner, securing another break when Daniel sprayed a forehand error to gain a 5-2 lead, closing the opener with an ace in game eight for a 6-2 after 34 minutes.

Facing four break chances at the beginning of the second set, the Briton repelled all with some brave hitting, ruining that effort two games later when his forehand finish beyond the baseline to suffer a break and push Stefanos 2-1 in front.

A service winner sent Tsitsipas 3-1 up, firing three service winners at 3-2 to remain ahead. Three winners game the Greek another comfortable hold for a 5-3 lead, sealing the deal with another break in game nine to set the final clash against Novak Djokovic or Gael Monfils.