Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his third semi-final of the season at the ATP Acapulco Open 2021, following two hours and three minutes mouth-watering clash against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Since the beginning of this season, the 22-years-old from Athens has been exhibiting a high-standard of tennis. At the Australian Open, Tsitsipas advanced into his third Grand Slam semifinal after upsetting Rafael Nadal in the five-setters.
Afterwards, Greek went to play an ATP 500 event in Rotterdam Ahoy, where he fell in the semifinal to eventual champion Andrey Rublev. Before arriving in Mexico, Tsitsipas would not defend his crown at the Open 13 Provence, but he played until the quarterfinal.
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In Acapulco, No.1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas locked horns with Felix Auger-Aliassime for a semifinal spot. No.7 seed Montreal gave an excellent beginning. As a result, Felix captured the second set of a quarterfinal match.
However, World No.5 eventually stepped into the last four with the help of none other than his opponent Felix Auger Aliassime, who made consecutive double faults under pressure. Greek leads Canadian 3-2 in their head-to-head series.
“It was a high-intensity match from both sides. We both played incredible tennis. Generally, I think I learnt from it. It’s a good match to have in my portfolio. It’s a good match to have in my ATP Tour history and growing an important rivalry with Felix with many more to come like this,” Tsistipas said in the post-match interview.
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The 2019 ATP Finals champion also expressed that he was amazed by devoted Mexican fans and their passion for racquet sports.
Tsitsipas continued, “I’ve really enjoyed playing here, and I’m focused on playing the last two games that I have left. I like the fans. It’s incredible to see how passionate they are here.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas will now meet the NextGen Italian Lorenzo Musetti, who upset No.5 seed Grigor Dimitrov, for a championship match berth. Notably, both of them never faced each other in the ATP Tour.