Stefanos Tsitsipas impresses in Rotterdam to set up Karen Khachanov clash

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Stefanos Tsitsipas press conference

Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas retained his hopes of a first ATP 500 title by beating Hubert Hurkacz at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Second seed Tsitsipas, whose bid to reach the final of last month’s grand slam in Melbourne ended with a straight-sets defeat to Daniil Medvedev, saw off Hurkacz 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in Rotterdam.

Tsitsipas, 22, faces Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals following the Russian’s 6-2, 6-2 win against Britain’s Cameron Norrie on Wednesday.

French qualifier Jeremy Chardy secured his passage through to the last eight with a surprise victory over sixth seed David Goffin.

Chardy won both tie-breaks to seal a 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) victory in one hour and 44 minutes over Goffin, who headed into the Rotterdam tournament fresh from winning his fifth career singles title in Montpellier last weekend.

Chardy, 34, takes on Andrey Rublev in the next stage after the Russian’s straight-sets win over Andy Murray.

Elsewhere, Tommy Paul recovered from losing the opening set of his last-16 match to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-1.

Paul meets qualifier Marton Fucsovics in the next round following the Hungarian’s 6-3 6-2 win against Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, while Borna Coric will play Kei Nishikori after he overcame Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-2.

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