Stefanos Tsitsipas shows mettle to progress in Hertogenbosch
Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Malek Jaziri to progress in Hertogenbosch, but he had to survive a match point to do it.
The 19-year-old Greek lost the first set and was broken early in the second, before came back from 5-2 down in the tiebreak to force a decider.
Veteran Tunisian Jaziri then folded, surrendering the third set to the impressively dogged Tsitsipas, who claimed a 4-6 7-6 6-2 victory.
“It was not easy in the beginning. It took me longer to adjust to the grass. It’s not easy this adjustment from clay to grass,” Tsitsipas said.
“After the frist set, I just managed to pull out my best tennis.”
Tsitsipas will face Richard Gasquet in the quarter-final after he beat Evgeny Donskoy 6-2 6-2.
However, Gasquet’s fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino had less good fortune, losing 6-4 6-4 to compatriot Jeremy Chardy.
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