Stefanos Tsitsipas risks but remains attached to the second seed of the draw in the ATP 500 in Rotterdam. After the missteps of Sascha Zverev and Daniil Medvedev (who had won ten of the last eleven matches on indoor hardcourt and who with a final would have looked up to the second box of the ranking, ousting Rafa Nadal) the Greek talent manages to break down the resistance of an excellent Hubert Hurkacz despite a hole in the heart of the second set.
Stefanos does not take advantage of a match point at 4-5 (obviously in the third) but piles the vast majority of attention at the foot of the finish line and archives the practice at the foot of the tie break, effectively sealing the success on 7-6 (4) 4 -6 7-5.
Waiting for the Greek in the quarterfinals will be Karen Khachanov, a veteran of the parallel successes against Stan Wawrinka and Cameron Norrie. After returning to success in the major circuit - even four years after the last time - David Goffin yields in the tie break battle to Jeremy Chardy.
One that in 2021 at least the quarter-finals in three of the four tournaments played. Alexandr Bublik, on the other hand, fails to confirm himself after the success against Alexander Zverev, the most prestigious in his career.
Overcome the cut of the second round Tommy Paul, executioner of Lorenzo Sonego, who recovered a set of disadvantage leaves a total of four games on the road between the second and the third.