“Strong Third Round”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Talks Ahead of Kei Nishikori Clash at Miami Open 2021


Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Since the beginning of the season, Stefanos Tsitsipas has been exhibiting his high standard tennis skills. However, World No.5 has confirmed his spot at the Miami Open 2021 third round after defeating Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in straight sets(6-1, 6-4). 

No.2 seed from Athens took merely an hour and eight minutes to send a qualifier for packing things. Tsitsipas fired six aces and won 78% first-serve points.   

“It was a great match, especially against a guy that I probably don’t have a good record playing against in the past. I started the match very strong, breaking him twice and taking a big lead in the score, and I think the things worked out by themselves after that,” Greek stated in the post-match interview.  

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“I am Very Pumped For The Match”: Stefanos Tsitsipas on Facing Nishikori 

The 2019 ATP Finals title winner will now lock horns with former World No.4 Kei Nishikori for the fourth round place. The 31-year-old from Japan leads Tsitsipas 1-0 in their head-to-head series and plays his best this season.  

Stefanos said of the 2014 US Open runner-up, “Kei is a player that has played very well in the past, and even now, he can raise his level really high. I’ll try and be ready for the battle. It’s important for me to have matches against strong opponents like him.”

World No.39 Kei Nishikori beat Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in the three sets(7-6, 5-7, 6-4) before reaching the Round of 32 at the Hard Rock Stadium.

The 2021 Acapulco Open finalist continued, “I am very pumped for the match, and I’m going to try and put my best performance out there.”

Tsitsipas further added that he is going to try to take it game by game. “It’s a strong third round. I won’t hide it. It’s important for me to be ready for that match and be physically prepared,” he concluded.

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