Stefanos Tsitsipas continues his stellar year with a big win in Lyon

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had little trouble disposing of unseeded American Tommy Paul 6-1, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals in Lyon.

Tsitsipas continued his impressive form in 2021, as he recorded a comfortable win and declared he was content with his form.

“I took control of the match from early on, and after that I didn’t let go,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match press conference.

“I had a few opportunities in the second set to go up a double break and I missed a shot that I felt like I shouldn’t have missed.

“But I was playing good tennis. I was able to move him around the court and find angles, press with my forehand. It wasn’t my best day on serve, but I found solutions when things proved difficult.”

In his ninth quarter-final of 2021, Tsitsipas will face Japanese lefty Yoshihito Nishioka, who toppled fifth seed and home favourite Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).

“He is a player who is very fast, and I think that helps on clay,” Tsitsipas said. “He has clay-court tennis, so for sure I am going to take that match as an important one.

“I feel like I’m playing good tennis and I can play against anyone. For me, these matches are important, every single one of them. It’s going to be a battle against Yoshihito who is a lefty, on red clay which is my favourite surface.”

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