ATP Roland Garros: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Grigor Dimitrov for best result in Paris



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ATP Roland Garros: Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Grigor Dimitrov for best result in Paris

In the battle of the 5th and 18th seeds, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 26 minutes for the first quarter-final at Roland Garros. The Greek is through to his second Major quarter-final after the Australian Open 2019, moving one step further in Paris than in 2019 when Stan Wawrinka halted him in one of the best season's matches.

Tsitsipas forged the victory in the shortest range up to four strokes, never losing serve and converting three out of 12 break chances. Grigor had a similar number of winners as his young opponent but there were too many mistakes fired from his racquet, wasting two set points in the second set tie break, his only chance to extend the clash and remain in contention.

Stefanos placed an ace down the T line in the first game to add his name on the scoreboard, stealing Grigor's serve in game two following a forehand error from the Bulgarian. The Greek rattled off three commanding service games to control the pace, serving for the opening set at 5-3.

Out of sudden, he had to play against three break chances, repelling them all and firing a service winner for 6-3 in 37 minutes. The second set lasted for more than 70 minutes and Grigor raised his level to challenge the better-ranked opponent.

Serving at 2-2, Dimitrov fended off three break points with bold hitting, holding after a forehand error from Tsitsipas to remain in front. The Greek held in game eight following a backhand error from the Bulgarian to level the score at 4-4, serving to stay in the set at 5-6.

Grigor reached two deuces but couldn't make the next step, allowing Stefanos to bring it home after a service winner for a tie break.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to his first Roland Garros quarter-final.

It was a wild one, containing 20 points and offering set points to both rivals.

Grigor placed a perfect backhand winner to save a set point at 5-6, spraying a forehand error at 6-6 to give Stefanos a set point, only to denied it with a solid attack. The Bulgarian had his opportunities at 8-7 and 9-8, wasting them both and losing a set after a forehand error at 9-10.

With momentum on his side, Tsitsipas produced four good holds in the third set, keeping the pressure on the other side of the net. He broke Grigor in the second game to move in front, wasting two more opportunities on the return in game four but controlling the scoreboard.

Dimitrov survived another tough service game at 1-4 before Stefanos broke again in game eight to seal the deal and advance into the last eight.